Great Expectations


In chapter 32: how does Charles Dickens create suspense and foreshadowing in this chapter ?

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Dickens ends the chapter like this......

. . . when I saw her face at the coach window and her hand waving to me. What was the nameless shadow which again in that one instant had passed? (Chapter 32)

This line marks the use of foreshadowing, generating suspense at the end of the chapter. We don't know what Pip sees here except that it's a shadow. Could it be the influence of Miss Havisham and her influence on Estella? Might it be a sign of the past or possibly a projection of the future? Dickens uses the word 'shadow' twice during the course of the novel in relation to Estella, and both are allegorical. This particular use of the word is meant to generate suspense.

The 'shadow' has blocked the light and provoked an unconscious recognition.......... thus, it is a symbol of things to come.


Great Expectations/ Chapter 32