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Great Expectations

A2 English Literature
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S Hill

on 22 October 2012

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Transcript of Great Expectations

Charles Dickens Great Expectations Chapters 4,5,6 The good and the guilty Guilt "I fully expected to find a Constable
in the kitchen, waiting to take me
up" "perhaps if I warn't a blacksmith's wife, and (what's the same thing) a slave with her apron never off I should have been to hear the Carols" " as if we were two thousand troops on a forced march instead of a man and boy at home; and we took gulps of milk and water, with apologetic countenances, from a jug on the dresser" "I was always treated as if I insisted on being born" "Especially, be grateful, boy, to them which brought you up by hand" "he always aided and comforted me when he could, in some way of his own, and he always did so at dinner-time by giving me gravy, if there were any." Good "I took him, and giv'd him up; that's what I done. I not only prevented him getting off the marshes, but I dragged him here - dragged him this far on his way back. He's a gentleman again, through me." "I wish to say something respecting this escape. It may prevent some persons laying under suspicion alonger me" "We don't know what you have done, but we wouldn't have you starved to death for it, poor miserable fellow-creatur. - Would us, Pip? Joe "I loved Joe - perhaps for no better reason in those early days than because the dear fellow let me love himm - and, as to him, my inner self was not so easily composed." Task Email me 3 questions/issues you'd like to explore in the lesson by 4.30pm the night before the lesson.
If you can't think of questions you can replace any of the 3 with observations that evidence your understanding of the issues raised. Humour What comments on context? *How does the author hook readers immediately?
* Why does Pip help the convict? Is there more than 1 reason?
* Why do you think Mrs. Joe calls her stick “Tickler”? What does this irony reveal about her?
* What are the pros & cons of Pip narrating? To what extent can his narration be reliable?
* What can you say about Pip & Joe's relationship?
* How and why does Dickens use humour?
* What does the author do at the end of Chapter 2 to keep readers interested? Extension Questions to consider
- remember to make your responses tightly focused on the text. 2 “Show us where you live,” said the man. “Pint out the place.”
3 “Darn me if I couldn’t eat ‘em,” said the man, with a threatening shake of his head,
“and if I han’t half a mind to’it!”
3 “An you know what wittles is?”
4 “You fail, or go from my words in any partickler, no matter how small it is”
4 “That young man has a secret way pecooliar to himself of getting at a boy and at his
heart and at his liver” THIS LANGUAGE IS CRIMINAL! DIALECT IN CHAPTER 1
Translate the convict’s dialect into formal, standard English. ___ Pip steals a pie.
___ Pip hears gunfire.
___ Pip sees a second convict.
___ Pip visits his parents’ graves.
___ Pip’s sister marries a blacksmith.
___ Pip returns to the graveyard with a file.
___ Someone threatens to cut his throat!
___ Mrs. Joe makes Pip drink tar water.
___ Pip bolts his food. PLOT JUMBLE, CHAPTERS 1-3
Can you put the following events in the correct order? Adopting a close focus to how language creates character Chapters 1-3 Chapters 8 & 9 Expectations or Pretensions? Chapters 18 & 19 Out of place & looking up •Look at the early part of the chapter and make notes about how the gathering at the inn reacts to the arrival of the stranger
•How does Pip react to Mr. Jaggers?
•What are your own thoughts on who Pip’s benefactor is? Do you find yourself agreeing with Pip’s logic?

Read the article at: http://www.rvhspress.com/docs/dickenscrit/historicist--titlesdickens.pdf
and write some bullet pointed/mindmapped responses to how you'd relate this analysis to the content of these 2 chapters. (hint: use ctrl+F to find particular words, phrases or numbers within the article. Chapters 22 & 27 (incl. the section 20-26) Look at the presentation of London in this section, and Pip's reaction to it; what do you notice about it?

How is setting and theme linked (hint: consider themes of opportunity & crime/punishment)

In chapter 22- what do you think is Dickens' view of 'being a gentleman' here? why?

In chapter 27 - how do you respond to this as a modern reader? why? What changes are we seeing in Pip & how have they come about?

Extension: Look at this article: http://www.rvhspress.com/docs/dickenscrit/BadFaithDecon.pdf and consider how it relates to your thoughts on this section. Fitting In Self-Perception & Misconceptions Chapters 29 & 30 What is the purpose of Orlick? How does he further the narrative & what purpose(s) does he serve in the narrative?

How significant a theme do you think love is in the novel? why?

How is Pip's self-perception changing? Is his change in status suiting him?

Jaggers is my favourite character in the novel- why do you think this might be & what is your response to him? why? “What interests and fascinates us as readers of poems and novels is that revelation of character is as likely to repel as to attract.” How far do you agree with this statement?
Note that you should demonstrate what it means to be considering texts as a modern reader, in a modern context, and that other readers at other times may well have had other responses.
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