Magwitch is portrayed as an intimidating
In the end credits, Valerie Hobson, who played Estella as an adult in David Lean's 1946 version of "Great Expectations", is credited as having played Biddy, a rather prominent character, in this 1934 version, but Biddy never appears at all.
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Dickens stresses a fearful tone throughout Chapter 1, using words such as 'dead', 'black' and 'gibbet', representing death, violence and crime.
The repetition of 'dead' and 'buried' also creates a grim, dark and deathly mood.
His animal characteristics prove that he wasn't brought up very well and that he can't have been treated very well over the years, "he glared and growled" which likens him to a dog.
He describes Pip as a 'small bundle of shivers' and emphasises the whole setting as appearing 'threatening' to Pip by stressing the imagery of the aggressive sea, the comparison of the wind 'rushing' to a predator, and the personification of the red sky being 'angry', again suggesting violence and death contributing to the ominous atmosphere.
In Chapter 1, Dickens uses the pathetic fallacy to show characterization, reflecting the minds of both Pip and Magwitch by creating a sinister atmosphere.
It is clear that Dickens reflects on the society of the time, and shows the unjust, class divided society Magwitch was a part of and the need to reform a legal system which treated this man so unjustly.
Knowing Magwitch grew up in this brutal society, it isn't surprising that our initial impressions are built around the fact he is a bloodthirsty villain and not very trustworthy.