Dickens even had to re-write the final chapter so that the public was satisfied. Therefore Dickens needed to make his characters striking and memorable so that they were remembered later in the book. This novel also reflects Dickens’ own life experiences. Dickens was poor as a child and throughout his life, he worked his way up and became rich and this is reflected in the story with Pip going from a poor, lower class boy to a rich, upper class gentleman. In this essay I am going to explore how Dickens made his key characters striking and memorable by using different methods.
Dickens has an incredible ability to use words to describe and create a vivid image using them. The first person point of view strengthens the emotions of Pip and how these emotions affect his life throughout the book. Dickens also uses themes such as ambition and self-improvement, and social class to describe the life during the Victorian Period and portray this life in the book.
He also adds more fear for the reader by exaggerating because he had a rough childhood himself. The significance of Magwitch in the play is quite great because he came in at a very early point in in the novel and in Pips life. This meant that Pip was still a young boy and that he would be even more scared then he would be normally because of his age. Also the character Magwitch represents the rough childhood which Charles Dickens had himself, the way Magwitch treats young Pip. All of the character which are introduced and described in the opening chapters are 'larger the life' characters, they all have big personalities and they all conflict each other.
The affect of the book on me was so great that I that was even thinking of it days and nights. That is the reason why I have chosen this book for my term paper in order to develop the theme “Family in Charles Dickens' novel ‘David Copperfield’ ”. Charles Dickens is one of the most popular and ingenious writers of the XIX century. He is the author of many novels. Due to reach personal experience Dickens managed to create vivid images of all kinds of people: kind and cruel ones, of the oppressed and the oppressors.
Charles Dickens is among some of the great fiction authors of the Victorian era. He was more than just a writer nevertheless; he inspired changes throughout the world with the use of writing. For a man to come from his childhood scenario to where he developed could be seen as amazing, but really his struggles are the blessings for his success. Charles Dickens was inspired by the struggles of the poor and the oppressed, his writing caused societal changes, and he used fictional people and events to represent the real world. Subtopic 1 During the Victorian Era in Britain there was a severe gap between the rich and the poor.
Charles Dickens is the most widely read Victorian writer. The Victorian era, 1837-1901, was an era of new social developments that caused many of the writers of the period to take positions on the new developments in society. Dickens petitioned that social consciousness would overcome social misery. He often wrote in satire of the society around him, a smug and genius approach to the social injustices that he witnessed, making it widely available to the general public, educating them of the abuses that plagued the Victorian age. Dickens’ popularity as a writer gave some importance to his written attacks on the abuses of courts and schools, whose objects were not the education of children or the justice of citizens, but the fortification of the proprietors.
Pip is shown throughout the book and we get to see him grow from a young boy into a man. Dickens makes Pip an interesting character by making the reader feel different emotions for him. For example in the first chapter when we find out about his dead parents “Phillip Pirrip, late of this parish, and also Georgiana wife of the above were dead and buried.” This makes the reader feel sorry for Pip. Dickens uses points like this in a character’s background to get the reader to feel a certain feeling towards a character. Dickens also links the social class system into Pips character.
His writing could be interpreted as a reflection on his own life, as his intricate and elaborate story lines usually revolve around themes of poverty and the oppression of children by adults. Education was a big part of Dickens' life. He loved to read and write and always believed in his ambition that one day he would become a journalist. Before his ambition was realised Dickens' worked for a magazine, where his first work was published. As his stories were printed in instalments Dickens' needed a way to make his audience buy the next part of his stories.
It is possible to see the important people, places, and events of Dickens' life thinly disguised in his fiction. Stylistically, evidence of this can be seen in Great Expectations. For instance, semblances of his mother, father, past loves, and even Dickens himself are visible in the novel. However, Dickens' past influenced not only character and plot devices in Great Expectations, but also the very syntax he used to create his fiction. Parallels can be seen between his musings on his personal life and his portrayal of people and places in Great Expectations.
How effective are the opening of ‘Great Expectations.’ Opening Chapter The novel, Great Expectations by Charles Dickens was written between December 1860 and August 1861, and was published in instalments in a magazine. Charles Dickens was known as a ‘social reformer’ and many of his novels reflect on poverty, justice and punishment in novels such as Oliver Twist, Nicholas Nickleby and Great Expectations. Charles Dickens was also concerned about prison systems and he campaigned long and hard against public executions, using his fame to bring the horrors of the situation to light. The first chapter of Great Expectations establishes important information in terms of character, action, and the plot which aims to entice the reader to read on. Charles Dickens used a lot of suspense in the novel, in addition he made each of the instalments end with a cliff-hanger to persuade readers to buy the next issue, which would definitely gives the reader a purpose for buying the following part of Great Expectations.