In both adaptations, Mrs Gargery is portrayed in a similar way. She is very angry and violent, she hates having to look after Pip; she finds him a burden on her life, and her beating of Pip could be regarded as shocking. The David Lean film shows her mainly from the point of view of a bystander, watching her from a distance, rather than experiencing her wrath.. The audience do sympathise with Pip, but due to the figures being in the middle distance, they do not feel involved in her anger. In contrast, the Marchant film uses a huge number of close up shots on her face, making her appear larger, and more dominant, powerful and angry. One of the main differences between the adaptations is the order in which the story is told. Lean uses the chronological linear development used in the novel for the main story, but due to the narration at the very beginning, the entire film could be regarded as a flashback - elderly Pip looking back on his life.
In the opening scenes Marchant uses a flashback to show Pip's encounter with the convict. It shows Pip in bed, and then cuts back to the point in which the convict speaks to him. This is used to build up suspense in the audience during the time in which Pip returns home. The audience knows that something has happened in the graveyard, but they do not know exactly what. They are unsure as to whether they will ever find out what has occurred or whether the incident will remain as a mystery.