It follows the ups and downs of Pip's love life from when he is a young, poor boy living near the Thames estuary to when he moves to London, where he hopes to become a successful 'gentleman'. The story takes place in the early nineteenth century England and begins in a semi-rural setting. We first meet Pip as a very young, impressionable boy, and in the first chapter, he is visiting the graves of his family which he never knew. The film story starts off with a dull grey background where Pip runs to the graveyard in order to visit the graves of his family. This gives us a sense that Pip is alone and scared.
Pip also later on meets two other important characters, Estella and Miss Havisham. We follow Pip through his life until he becomes a gentleman. In chapter one, Pip is at the churchyard visiting his parents’ and five brothers’ graves, so Pip is an orphan, living with his sister and her husband Joe. While visiting his parents’ graves an escaped convict grabs onto Pip, and he tells Pip to get some food and tools. “Or I’ll have your heart and liver out.” Pip ran home to get Magwitch food and tools.
The first paragraph of Great Expectations introduces us to Pip’s family situation. “I called myself Pip”, this shows that Pip is an orphan because he named himself. This also tells us that Pip has had to be self-sufficient and do things for himself that would usually be done for him as a child. We learn that Pip is an orphan at the very beginning of the novel. When Pip is at the graveyard he’s looking at his parents’ gravestone, this appears to be the primary source of information Pip has about his family.
Dickens makes the reader feel sorry for pip describing his as ‘a small bundle of shivers starting to cry’. This makes us feel sorry for Pip, because he is shown as ‘small’ meaning helpless and also he is crying and cold which shows he is obviously upset and alone. Dickens makes us feel sympathetic towards Pip, because the fact that he has to make assumptions of what his parents were like from reading their gravestones shows he is an orphan and did not even get to know his parents ‘As I never saw my father or my mother, and never saw any likeness of either of them my first fancies regarding what they were like, were unreasonably derived from their tombstones’. This also shows Pip as a child, because he makes an immature conclusion of his parents, by the font on their gravestones. Pip mentions all the names of his siblings which helps us to get more emotionally attached and to empathise more with him.
Hurst subtly sets up parallels for the mahogany coffin and the family’s doubt towards Doodle’s survival as well as the death of Doodle, the progression that spring brings, the regression that winter brings, the seasons in general, and the determination that Old Woman Swamp brings to the boys. Hurst uses Doodle’s coffins as a symbol for death and doubt. His parents do not believe he will live, and Hurst shows it through objects such as the coffin. Doodle is just an infant when his father has a coffin for him. “Daddy had Mr. Heath, the carpenter, build a little mahogany coffin for him” (Hurst 110).
To create atmosphere Dickens drags out how Pip’s family is all dead and how Pip is alone in the world, “dead and buried”. This makes the readers feel sorry for Pip because he is all alone in the world and we don’t know yet whether he has somebody to look after him or not. However later on in the chapter we are told that he lives with his sister and her husband the blacksmith “[Mr. And] Mrs. Joe Gargery”. Dickens uses a lot of metaphors to describe what he is saying in the story “Savage lair from ... ... middle of paper ... ...man who may be heading towards the end of his life “A man whose legs are mumbled and stiff”. In the eyes of young Pip, he describes Magwitch as though he were “eluding the hands of the dead people,” this conveys an image of dead people pulling him in to the grave, which is a classical image of gothic literature “hellish” On the whole, the convict has a sense of humor “I wish I was a frog”, he also makes idle threats and his emotions are shown.
Dickens manipulates his readers by projecting the depressing and often violent story through the eyes of an innocent child. The reader is introduced to Pip in the first line of the book where the child is sitting in a graveyard. In a melancholy sentence the child reveals that he never saw his mother or father and therefore 'never saw any likeness to either of them'. It is from here that we grasp of Pip's tragic situation, an orphan sitting amongst the five graves of his siblings. The attack Pip faces from the convict leaves the reader feeling protective of the central character that they have grown attached to.
The man devours a piece of bread which falls from the boy, then barks questions at him. Pip tells him that yes, he is an orphan and that he lives with his sister, Mrs. Joe Gargery, the wife of a blacksmith, about a mile from the church. The man tells Pip that if he wants to live, he'll go down to his house and bring him back some food and a file for the shackle on his leg. Pip agrees to meet him early the next morning and the man walks back into the marshes. 2: Pip runs home to his sister, Mrs. Joe Gargery, and his adoptive father, Joe Gargery.
In Charles Dickens’ novel, Great Expectations, Dickens conveys the idea that wealth leads to isolation. The novel begins when Pip, a young orphan, encounters an escaped convict in a cemetery. Despite Pip’s efforts to help this terrifying personage, the convict is still captured and transported to Australia. Pip is then introduced into the wealthy yet decaying home of Miss Havisham where he meets Estella, a little girl who takes pleasure in tormenting Pip about his rough hands and future as a blacksmith. As Pip continues to visit Miss Havisham’s house, he becomes more and more dissatisfied with his guardian, Joe, a hard working blacksmith, and his childhood friend Biddy.
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 Gargery, who is the wife of the local blacksmith. Dickens continues to write Pip as retelling his early childhood.