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

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

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

Dickens has succeeded in gaining the reader's sympathy for pip in his
first chapter by showing the imagination and desolation of this young
childe4. In 'Great expectations' we are presented with a range of
vividly drown characters in these opening chapters. The way Dickens
describe the man "all in coarse grey, with a great iron on his leg" he
is not wearing a hat which shows us that he is not respectable person
and Dickens tells us that he has got great iron on his leg that tells
us that he is prisoner and he is running away from prison.

Dickens uses effective verbs to describe the convict all these words
are active e.g. 'Soaked', 'Smothered', 'Lamed', 'Stung', 'Torn',
'Limped', 'Shivered', etc, at the end you feel sorry for him because
he is hurt, he is cold and he is in desperate situation, which shows
us that he had a awful struggle to reach the graveyard, and he seizes
the chilled in his desperation. Dickens has used 'and' many times, the
repetition of 'and' creates a cumulative effect, a sense of a buildup
of every thing that had happened to the convict.

Charles Dickens uses simple but effective techniques when writing the
novel: when a author writes a book in his first person narrative it's
more interesting "My first most vivid broad impression" In this
example Dickens is writing as though he is Pip, This would help him to
write in the novel, but more importantly it will engage the reader.
Therefore, whenever some one reads it they can empathise with Pip and
become deeply immersed in the novel as though they are alongside ...


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...weakness" which describes his mental weakness because he allows
Mrs. Gargery (his wife and Pip's sister) to almost control him.

Charles dickens builds up tension all through out the chapter. The
chocking introduction of the convict leaves the reader with many
unanswered questions. For example, why does he have an Iron on his
leg? What is he running away from? These are just a sample of the many
questions that are unanswered by Dickens and which will persuade the
reader to carry on.

In conclusion, Charles Dickens uses many techniques to entice the
reader to read on. Mainly because Dickens varies the setting of the
chapter, so it is completely surprising. Another reason is to find out
who this convict is and what kind of part will he play in the rest of
the novel. All these reasons will leave the reader waiting more.

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