Through the first pages of Charles Dickens novel “Great Expectations” it is effective in showing a life history of the main character Pip and presenting him to the responder. Dickens goal is to play upon the responders emotions and he achieves this through strong emotions and beliefs and the use of social comment. The first pages of “Great Expectations” is a simple clear cut description of the working class and young children during the 18 th and 19 th centuries. Dickens begins to present the life of Philip ‘Pip’ Pir rip who is part of this working class genre. From the opening paragraph we are given insight into the education or lack of when that young Philip’s “infant tongue could make of both names nothing longer or more explicit than Pip.” The way in which this is told suggests that it is all in the past and Pip is reminiscing on his past. Pip continues his early history by informing the responder about his family: mother, father, five brothers and sisters.
Pip explains “since I never sat my mother or father… my first fancies regarding what they were like, were unreasonably derived from their tombstones.” This quote is evoking and places a great deal of sympathy upon Pip. This ties in with Pips description of life with it’s sad and dismal childhood. Pip then introduces his feelings and memories towards his brothers “five stone lozenges, each about a foot and a half long.” As this quote suggest his brothers are all dead and Pip gives the impression of slight ignorance to the situation. The audience is told of the one sole relative who is Mrs Joe Garg ery, who is the wife of the local blacksmith. Dickens continues to write Pip as retelling his early childhood.
Dickens criticized the world of his own time because it valued the status of being a gentleman over someone doing a useful job. Those who thought they were gentlemen often mocked ordinary citizens. Show how he achieved these aims through the language used and his description of the way Pip and the other characters behaved in the novel. In his numerous literary works, Dickens strong sense of right ...
This entire section is devoted to a long, bleak and even scary description of his town in the “marsh country, down near the river, within… 20 miles of the sed.” Dickens writes Pip as using words such as “bleak” and “overgrown” and using phrases such as “Dark, flat wilderness” to describe the marshes, “low leaden line” to describe the river and “distant savage lair” to describe the sea. Perhaps the most realistic and sympathy arousing description is when Pip describes himself in context to the rest of the landscape- “and that small bundle of shivers afraid of it all and beginning to cry, was Pip.” This is so effective due to the fact everyone can relate to a feeling of fear or sadness at one time or another. The book now introduces a second character and this lifts the drama of Pips story. He is confronted by a “terrible voice” which approaches young, frightened Pip in the graveyard, on the scary and bleak marshes.
As the man comes into view he is described by Pip as “a fearful man, all in coarse grey, with great iron on his leg… A man who had been soaked in water, smothered in mud, and lamed with stones.” This man then threatens to cut Pips throat if he continues to cry and Pip is forced to plead for his life. Pip is then questioned simply about his name and where he resides as the man sizes him up. The man then turns Pip upside down and shakes the contents out of his pockets. Although we see Pip frightened by the situation it’s purpose is to entertain. The final section of the pages is based around concerns and the plans for Pip after his explanation that his sister is wife to the blacksmith.
The “fearful” man demands that Pip bring to him a whittle and a file, and then proceeds to questions Pips knowledge. To fulfil these demands he tilts Pip back from the tombstone he is sitting on, making him dependant on the man to keep him from falling. This has an added benefit to the man allowing Pip to be submissive which is an ideal. This is the platform for the tone and context to develop and highlight the life of Pip.
Crooks is symbolic of dignity in the novel Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck. Dignity describes the sense of self-respect and self-worth, along with physical and psychological integrity and empowerment. Steinbeck shows Crooks as a symbol for dignity and pride in midst adversity when he draws himself up and will not “accept charity” from anyone. For example, when Crooks, Lennie, and Candy are in ...