What is the setting and the objects in chapter one?What is the setting and the objects in chapter one?

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accessteacher eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The setting of the first chapter is key to understanding the context of the whole novel as it introduces a number of important themes. Firstly, the marshes where the action occurs are described as isolated, cold and misty. This is an important Gothic aspect of the location of this part of the world. Pip is having a moment of epiphany as he looks at the gravestones of his parents and brothers and cries, realising that he is alone in the world and narrating how he came to be called Pip. It is then that from behind the gravestones Magwitch pops up, threatening Pip to find him food and a file. Thus the themes of parents and children, crime and punishment and search for identity are introduced.

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This setting is in a cold, drab countryside town where Pip lives with his sister (a cruel, hard woman) and her husband, Joe.  Pip is visiting the graveyard to see his parents when he is accosted by the convict who makes demands of him--food and a file to get rid of his chains.

Pip is imprisoned in many ways right off the start--his sister's domineering parenting style, the convict's demands, and the guilt and fear he feels for doing what he does.  It sets the tone for the rest of the book.

mwestwood eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Along with the grey setting accompanied by fears and guilt which do, indeed, set the tone for the narrative, there is the juxtaposition of the warmth of the forge and the love of Joe, who protects Pip from "Tickler" and the outside world.  Much like life, the narrative travels in a cycle, as Pip returns to this foreboding area of marshes and loving atmosphere of the forge at the novel's end.

sandydd | Student

Pip is in front of his parents' graves in the marsh country. It is cold and misty. He meets a convict with a leg iron who threatens him to get the convict some file and wittles.The convict was feaful man and has an old rag tied around his head. The convict also has sore feets and constantly hug himself with both arms.

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