"Great Expectations" By Charles Dickins: The ways in which Dickens creates effective images of people and places.

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In this essay I will explore the ways in which Dickens creates effective images of people and places in chapter 1 and 8. Great expectations is a novel about an orphaned boy named Phillip Pirrip (Pip) who is being raised by his sister and her husband who's a blacksmith. One christmas eve he encounters an escaped convict in the village churchyard who scares him into stealing food for him and a file to grind away his leg shackle. Pips kindness warms the convicts heart but he waits many years to truly show his gratitude. It is expected that pip will turn out a blacksmith like Joe but when pip gets an unexpected invitation to the house of an old, rich woman in the village named Miss Havisham things start to look good for him. Miss havisham is an old eccentric woman who's only companion is her adopted daughter, Estella.

Miss Havisham makes it her ambition to raise her as a cruel-hearted girl so that she will break mens hearts and not get hers broken, however Pip develops a strong crush on her. Pip visits Miss Havisham frequently until one day she tells him not to return because its time for him to start his apprentice with Joe. One night at the village bar a london lawyer named Jaggers reveals great news to Pip, he has inherited a lot of money from an anonymous person and must move to london to become a gentleman. Later on in the story Pip discovers it was Magwitch who had bestowed the large sum of money upon him. The ending of the story leaves a cliff-hanger of whether Pip and Estella will be together or not.

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