how does dickens convey setting in great expections chapter 1?

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The book opens with Pip in a dark, gloomy, almost scary-like cemetery. He is surrounded by tombstones. Dicken's vividly describes the cemetery, in particular Pip's view of his parents tombstones, to help the reader understand the gloom in which Pip lives in (literally and emotionally). Dickens further enhances the setting by describing the marsh country in which Pip has grown up. Its every present fog reflects the "fog" that hangs in Pip's mind and heart. Pip's feelings of loneliness are seen in the setting. The cemetery all alone on the outskirts of town. The marsh, deserted and ever gloomy. Pip's village; one that not many venture too. These descriptions of setting serve to illustrate what Pip is feeling and thinking as the book opens. Dickens continues his description of the setting in chapter 3, where he vividly describes the dew that hangs upon everything and the fog that hides everything from view.

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