Honors English 10 Per. 3 2/13/09 Great Expectations by Charles Dickens A. The protagonist is Pip a young little orphan living with his sister and her husband. The novel does not contain a traditional single antagonist. Various characters serve as figures against whom Pip must struggle at various times: Magwitch, Mrs. Joe, Miss Havisham, Estella, Orlick, Bentley Drummle, and Compeyson. With the exception of the last three, each of the novel's antagonists is redeemed before the end of the book. B. The main conflict in the story is an internal conflict between Pip and his judgments. Pip throughout the novel has to decide whether to make right or wrong decisions with problems he is faced with. He, at many times, is affected by the opinions and actions of people around him. A. The novel is being told in third person. The overall tone of the story would have to be sentimental and dramatic. “The sensation was like being touched in the marrow with some pungent and searching acid, and it set my very teeth on edge”(288). B. This image is moving, because it reveals how frightened and alarmed Pip is by the closeness of the convict. Even the breath of the known convict deeply upsets him, he described the breath as “pungent” and “acid” like. It is unusual for Pip to react in such away because he knows who the convict is, from a previous encounter. A. “The great numbers on their backs, as if they were street doors; their coarse, mangy, ungainly outer surface, as if they were lower animals; their ironed legs, apologetically garland with pocket-handkerchiefs; and the way in which all present looked at them and kept from them; made them a most disagreeable and degraded spectacle”(286). B. Growled has a highly negative connotation. C. The denotative meaning of growled is to say something in a low grating voice, typically in a threatening manner.