Importance of Setting in Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations Essay

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In Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations how does setting aid the dramatic effect of the novel?


In this fantastic novel Dickens uses imagery and linguistic techniques to raise levels of tension. I am going to explore and discuss three settings from the novel these are the graveyard, Miss Havisham and her house and London. All of the settings have a effect on the novel as they reflect to the characters for example in chapter 1 when we meet
Pip in the dull, dark graveyard we see Pip as a small fragile child like the graveyard. A even better example of this technique that
Dickens uses is during chapter 8 when we meet Miss Havisham the setting we meet her in, which is her house, is a exact replica of
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This is where we are introduced to the main character Pip and also we meet Magwitch here. In this chapter dickens creates a dark mood of fear, terror and suspense. During the build up to meeting Magwitch we find Pip who runs into a mad man chasing him in a dark smoky, dull, scary place. Pathetic fallacy is also in the novel this is when a inanimate object takes on the emotions of a human, for example “the friendly sun” a example of pathetic fallacy in the play is the “raw afternoon” making it seem like a unpleasantly damp and chilly day. Pathetic fallacy is very similar to personification, except personification is a inanimate object doing something, a example of this is “the wind was rushing”. Another quotation that sets the mood is “long angry red lines and dense black lines” this is a extraordinarily effective sentence as the language describes the weather as being angry, ferocious, dark and evil. Another quotation says, “ Bleak place overgrown with nettles” creating the image of this dark uncared for graveyard. The descriptions effect the characters as they reflect on them and set the mood for the chapter and the character as well.

Chapter 8

I am going do describe and explore the various settings in chapter 8 of Great expectations. During this paragraph we meet the fascinating, but weird Miss Havisham. Miss Havisham and the setting we meet her in, which is her house, are both described as old, outdated, antique

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