Great Expectations

Great expectations... Chapter 8

why does Dickens use time in chronological way in chapter 8 of Great expectations? How is it effective as a structural technique?

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I think Dickens wants to concentrate on a specific area and character. The tightly fitted time line gives us an intimate view of Pip's view of his very strange surroundings. We see what Pip sees in "real time". We see Miss Havisham's house ("The Manor House" or the "Satis House") as barren of feelings or even life, even before we meet the bitter Miss Havisham and the rude Estella: "The cold wind seemed to blow colder there, than outside the gate..."