Chapter One of Great Expectations

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COURSEWORK ‘How effective is chapter one as an opening to “great expectations”?’ The first chapter is set in the grave yard, where pip is looking at the tombstones of his dead parents and brothers. ‘Arranged in a neat row beside their grave, and were sacred to the memory of five little brothers of mine- who gave up trying to get a living exceedingly early in that universal struggle’. He is stating that all of his brothers gave in to death, which gives the idea that life expectancy was low for everyone. He then goes on to describe the area surrounding his home ‘Ours was the marsh country, down by the river, within, as the river wound, twenty miles from the sea’. He is clearly explaining that he lives quite close to the sea, very near to the marshes. He gives a lot of information about himself in this chapter too, like where he lives, who his family is, who are dead in his family and who his sister got married to in the case Mrs. Joe Gargery was pip’s elder sister who brought him up ‘by hand’ meaning she disciplined him by beating him and was married to a black smit...
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