Compare Chapter One of Great Expectations, in which Pip first meets

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Compare Chapter One of Great Expectations, in which Pip first meets the convict, with Chapter 39 when he returns. Pip Pirrip is our main character of the story ‘Great Expectations’ by Charles Dickens. From what we’ve read in chapter one, we have found out that he is an orphan living in Kent with his older sister and her husband, Joe Gargery. We are not sure about his age but we can guess that he is around eight years old. He meets an escaped convict by the name of Magwitch, who asks him to bring some food and a file so he can escape from the shackles at his feet. Later in the book, Pip inherits a lot of money and moves to London where he is educated and meets an old friend. But one night an old stranger by whom he doesn’t recognise confronts Pip. This person that Pip meets is the person that left him the riches, by the name of Magwitch. Dickens wants us to see Pip as an ordinary early One9th Century boy, who was orphaned, “Phillip Pirrip, late of the parish, and also Georgiana wife of the above, were dead and buried;’ and lives with his sister. As we can tell from Pip, he is uneducated and very poor. Pip is very kind and polite to the convict but doesn’t realise how much trouble he could be in if the convict ever did anything to harm him. From this we can tell that Pip is childish in a sense as he doesn’t really know very much and also to the fact that he is very young. As a young child, Pip is seen to be very vulnerable, innocent and possibly physically yet emotionally weak. We can also tell that he is childish in a sense because he looks at his parent’s gravestones and imagines from their names what they would look like: “From the character and turn of the inscription Georgiana Wife of the Above I dr... ... middle of paper ... One and now in chapter 39. In a previous chapter, we see how Pip talks to Mr Joe Gargery. He is very rude also to Magwitch, who at first seems to be a stranger, but as we saw in chapter One, Pip was so polite to the convict, even though he did not know who the mysterious character was. Dickens was a social antic: he did not like the way society was run in the Nineteenth Century. He writes about how convicts were unfairly treated by being sent away to Australia and made to work in the awful and blistering heat. We can tell this because Magwitch has come back “browned and hardened by exposure to weather”. Also the rich were separated from the poor. The rich were treated with a lot of respect, where as the poor were seen as ‘filth’ and did not belong in society. Poor people were not given a chance by society and had to live in extremely poor conditions.
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