Charles Dickens Capturing The Readers Attention

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How does Charles Dickens capture the reader’s interest in the first chapter of Great Expectations?

At the start of Great Expectations Pip is the narrator as an adult but telling the story from Pip’s childhood point of view. Pip was wondering alone in the churchyard, where his parents and five brothers are buried,Pip is weeping for his dead family, establishing him as an orphan for whom we feel sorry for, when he has a terrifying encounter with an escaped convict who demands Pip to bring him food and a file or else he will slit his throat and rip his liver out and roast it in front of him, The plot of chapter one is directed around this mysterious event which is key for Charles Dickens to ...view middle of the document...

Some of the disjointed sentences in chapter one can increase nervous tension e.g. When Magwitch is pushing Pip further back with every question “After each question he tilted me over a little more, so as to give me a greater sense of helplessness and danger” this creates immediate interest and tension at that moment, this then leaves the reader curious as to what will happen next. The drama in chapter one keeps the reader on a constant cliff hanger so they have to read on to reveal the next event.
In the story Pip is recalling his memories and telling the story to the reader this gives it a realistic feel, Dickens use of dialogue also creates a believable story, because Pip cannot pronounce his full name this gives him a naive characteristic which is then presented through the rest of the story and aids the reader to connect with Pip as well as the other characters, Pip is a good person. He steals a file and food for the convict, but feels guilty about it this shows that Pip is caring and also...

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