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by Charles Dickens

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What impression is created of Magwitch in Chapter One of Great Expectations?

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Magwitch is not introduced by name in Chapter One of Great Expectations but is obviously an escaped convict wearing a prison uniform. From Pip's point of view the convict is a terribly ferocious monster, but the reader can see that the man is really frightened, desperate, hungry, and cold. Later, in Chapter 39 when Magwitch reappears and reveals himself as Pip's benefactor, he refers to himself as "that there hunted dunghill dog wot you kep life in." The convict's speech shows him to be ignorant and at the bottom of the social ladder. 

“You bring me, to-morrow morning early, that file and them wittles. You bring the lot to me, at that old Battery over yonder. You do it, and you never dare to say a word or dare to make a sign concerning your having seen such a person as me, or any person sumever, and you shall be let to live. You fail, or you go from my words in any...

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