Charles Dickenss Great Expectations

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Chapters eight and 29 of Charles Dickens's Great Expectations are mirror reflections of each other. To portray how much Pip's mentality has changed from the time her was a young boy, Dickens uses Miss Havisham's home as the dominant scene in both chapters.


Whether as a boy or a man, Dickens portrays Pip as an idealist who wants to be rich. Dickens also uses Miss Havisham as Pip's glimpse of the future, the future that doesn't always coincide with one's dreams.
The start and finish of the two chapters show Pip's different moods; the author writes exactly what goes through Pip's mind at each part of not only within one chapter, but also to compare chapters eight and chapter 29. At the start of chapter eight, he thinks about trivial things, such as how happy Mr. Pumblechook must be because of the little quantity of drawers he has in his shop, and having "discovered a singular affinity between seed and corduroys" (Dickens, p. 64). Another example of Pip's mental frivolity is when he and Mr. Pumblechook sit down for breakfast at the start of chapter eight. Pip tells his reader he is bored with Mr. Pumblechook because he conscientiously serves him a healthy breakfast and thoroughly quizzes Pip on multiplication tables.
When Pip first meets Miss Havisham in chapter eight, he notes the wealth and beauty surrounding Miss Havisham, including her luxurious jewellery and the bridal gown she wears. Yet a paragraph later, he realizes that her appearance is actually quite disturbing. ...
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