Great Expectations Essay : How How Chapter 1 of Great Expectations Is Effective. How Does Dickens Ensure His Readers to Continue to Read the Novel?

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Show how Chapter 1 of Great Expectations is effective. How does Dickens ensure his readers to continue to read the novel? In this essay, I will be analysing what kind of techniques such as: characterisation, setting, atmosphere, themes and effective language Dickens uses to ensure his readers to gain an interest in the novel and continue to read on in Chapter 1 of ‘Great Expectations’. Charles John Huffam Dickens was born on 7th February 1812 in Portsmouth, England and died on 9th June 1870 in Kent, England. Dickens was a well-known English novelist back in the Victorian period but until this day, Charles Dickens remains popular and his novels are still read by thousands each day. Dickens novels are extremely famous, especially ‘The Christmas Carol’, ‘A Tale of Two Cities’ and ‘David Copperfield’ just to name a few. ‘Great Expectations’ was first published very uniquely in a serialised form. It was published in weekly instalments of 2 chapters a week in a literary magazine with the name of ‘All the Year Round’. The weekly instalments started from 1st December 1860 until August 1861, which meant it took almost a year to be fully published. ‘Great Expectations’ is about a young orphan boy named Pip who walks on a very rocky road as he lives his life. The main theme in this novel is ‘Rags to Riches’ because it is about a poor boy that climbs from poverty to wealth. Back in the Victorian England times, orphans were badly mistreated and were sent to work or get thrown out in the streets. The opening chapter starts off effectively as it starts off with a very intense and chilling atmosphere. It makes readers ask one question in their minds: “What will Pip do?” In the first chapter, we are introduced to the young orphan boy named Pip who this novel is written about and also an escaped convict, Magwitch. In this novel, it is narrated by Pip in first person. We know this because the novel is started off with “So, I called myself Pip, and came to be called Pip”. The main...
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