Great Expectations Character Analysis

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How can just a single moment change almost everything for the protagonist of a story? Pip, the main character from Charles Dickens’ novel, Great Expectations, has a monumental ambition for success. The book is built around these expectations which have been derived from one sole benefactor, whose identity is oblivious to Pip for a greater portion of the novel. Well before Pip is being supplied with money, he undergoes a major mental change for the first time after he meets Miss Havisham and Estella, as his obsession with class develops. Pip becomes embarrassed and ashamed of his lower class family, and this behavior comes to be cemented into Pip’s personality as he settles in London. While it may not be immediately evident, the point in Pip’s life when he discovers Abel Magwitch is his benefactor is a turning point for Pip, as he begins to revert back to his loving and kind-hearted attitude before his fixation with class clouded his mind. Near the time Magwitch is apprehended, Pip starts to realize how ungrateful he has been to the people in his life who care about him. In Dickens’ Great Expectations, Pip is an unappreciative snob until the pivotal moment in his life when his benefactor reveals himself, which triggers a transformation throughout the rest of the book where Pip becomes a thankful, enjoyable person again. In the beginning of Great Expectations, after Pip starts to visit the Satis House, he shows negative psychological growth as a character because Pip’s
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