The Range of Devices Charles Dickens Uses to Engage the Interest of the Reader in the Opening Chapters of Great Expectations

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The Range of Devices Charles Dickens Uses to Engage the Interest of the Reader in the Opening Chapters of Great Expectations The novel "Great Expectations" was written by Charles Dickens who opens the novel by engaging the reader's interest. This is important because if the opening chapters of any novel are not interesting, then the reader is not going to read it and develop a negative attitude towards it. Charles Dickens very successfully uses different kinds of devices to make the reader carry on reading. This makes it interesting for the reader. He usually uses cliffhangers at the end of chapters because there used to be a serial of novels being published for every chapter in his days. This encouraged the reader to buy the next issue and keep on reading it. Dickens also used to tour the country reading out his stories to large audiences, which meant he needed to write top quality novels and end in cliffhangers. The evocative sense of the setting in the first few chapters of "Great Expectations" described by Dickens creates a melancholy scene. He uses places like "marsh country," which creates a dark and gloomy atmosphere to prepare us for Pip's unpleasant experience. Dickens also uses words like "raw," "nettles," "dead and buried," and "savage," to create a feeling of discomfort and unease. The story starts in a graveyard, which instantly gives us a dreary feeling. Pip goes there to see his five young brothers and parent's graves. The reaction we would have after reading about Pip's siblings would be very different than the reaction of the Victorians because we are not used to their siblings dying early. We would have a diffe... ... middle of paper ... ...nger because anyone reading it would want to read the next chapter and find out what has happened. It is very useful because it engages the reader's mind in the story and makes him/her continue reading. I, personally as a reader would find the description of the setting, the characters and the scene with Pip and convict entertaining in these opening chapters of "Great Expectations". I think most of the other readers would find them interesting as well. I would want to read on further into the book because the description of the characters made me feel really close to them and I want to find out what happens to them after all and also will Pip get out of this mess? If yes, then how? These are the questions I really want to find out the answers of and are very strong reasons for me to read on further into the book.

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