The rise of tension has become very slow but the readers are still anticipating what is going to happen. We find out that Magwich was sent to live in Australia and he became a sheep-farmer. All Victorian readers would know that if a criminal was sent abroad to live then they would not be allowed back into the country so they would know that Magwich’s visit must be important. Very slowly Pip begins to realise why Magwich has come all the way from Australia to see him, ‘It was only now that I began to tremble.’
Dickens uses repetition to build up more suspense ‘Might a mere warmint ask what property?’ ‘Might a mere warmint ask whose property?’ The readers would have by now been thinking that Magwich is Pip’s benefactor but they won’t be sure, this wondering would build up tension. Magwich continues to ask Pip questions about how to became a gentleman and how got all of his money. Pip finally realises when Magwich makes references to Mr Jaggers. ‘Some lawyer maybe. As to the first letter of that lawyers name now. Would it be J?’
Pip has a mixture of feelings when he realises all of them are negative he feels disappointed, horrified and immense shock. ‘To struggle for every breath I drew.’ At this point the tension in the chapter reaches its climax, we now know why Magwich has come to see Pip and that he is the benefactor and it’s not Miss Havisham.
Dickens uses lots of contracting emotions to show how both characters are feeling. Pip is horrified where as Magwich is trilled, Magwich says that he lived a rough life so that Pip could live a smooth one. All of Pip’s dreams about Miss Havisham and Estella are shattered. As Magwich gets more and more excited about seeing Pip and explaining everything Pip becomes more and more revolted and afraid, this is another good contract Dickens made between the two characters.
Magwich thinks that because he made Pip into a gentleman and that he has come to see him that he should become a second father to Pip and he is expecting a long term father son relationship but this thought repulses Pip ‘ blood ran cold within me.’ While this so much for Pip to take in he still hopes that there could be a mistake or that someone else helped ‘Was there no one else?’ when Magwich tells him that he did it all by his self Pip realises that he now has no chance with Estella. The amount of tension in the chapter has gone down to barely any thing. Pip’s entire life has a gentleman has been broken into pieces he finds himself wishing that he had been left at the forge with his sister and Joe even though he wasn’t happy there, he thinks that because Magwich was a criminal then he always will be ‘his hand might still be stained with blood.’
In this section of Great Expectations Dickens manages to create and maintain suspense in a very good way, he does it by using a few ‘tricks’ that have big effects on the readers. He uses punctuation in a very good way so that you can feel the characters thoughts. Also because the book is written in the first person narrative it means we really understand Pip and are able to see how he is feeling. Dickens uses very good adjectives to describe emotions and objects and because of this it adds to the suspense. I think that the part in the chapter that was the most tense is when Pip is talking to the man before he sees him because Dickens makes the readers wait before we find out anything about the man and says that’s it’s ‘a voice’ talking. Dickens manages to maintain suspense by slowly dragging the story out instead of just saying exactly why Magwich has come to see Pip instead he makes the readers wait and guess first.