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Great Expectations Commentary The well-known novel Great Expectations was the last great work by Charles Dickens It is about an orphan Pip who is brought up in the early nineteenth century Pip meets a girl named Estella who is of the upper class this encounter leads him into the dream of becoming a gentleman He is introduced to a lawyer Mr Jaggers who becomes his guardian while staying in London When he reaches London and enters Mr Jaggers office his thoughts are revealed and the room is put into detailed description The use of diction narrative voice and setting help the readers learn more about Jaggers contributes in creating an interesting atmosphere as well as foreshadowing future incidents The passage in chapter 20 where Pip reveals to us the inner qualities and setting of Mr Jaggers room the diction used is extremely significant Throughout the majority of the passage Pip uses negative wording in order to express Mr Jaggers character The features described in the room link directly to Mr Jaggers personality The room was lighted by a skylight only and was a most dismal place The darkness expressed through these words relate to Mr Jaggers occupation as a criminal defense lawyer The dullness and guilt involved in doing his job is also shown here The mention of casts and coffins sets a mood of death within the setting and scene These words create a creepy atmosphere in which foreshadows that Mr Jaggers newfound involvement in Pips life will not necessarily be all good This is contradictory to how Pip feels pursuing his dream into becoming a gentleman The distorted adjoining houses looking as if they had twisted themselves to peep down at me Being that Mr Jaggers is a criminal defense lawyer and deals with many underworld clients its as if he is also playing the bad guy These adjoining buildings act as if they are watching his every move The place
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