Great Expectations: Pip's Personality Change

Most people would assume that through age and maturation, a boy
with a wonderful heart and personality would further develop into a kind
hearted, considerate gentleman. In Great Expectations, Charles Dickens
provides his readers with an example of a boy who regresses in certain
aspects of his personality rather than progressing as one would expect.
Pip, a person who had loved and revered his uncle Joe as a child, while
maturing, finds that his perspective on life has shifted. This boy,
beginning life with a caring, generous heart, regresses becoming a
superficial, ungrateful man who is ashamed of what he had once been.
Pip and Biddy had become the best of friends and felt very ...

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in a
person. No matter how coldly Pip was treated by Estella, he went on loving
her only because of her astounding beauty.
As Pip progressed in life, he became increasingly ungrateful to the
people that had raised and cared for him as a child. His disrespect was
most strongly shown towards Joe. Having not seen Joe for a number of years,
Pip shows that he would rather have continued his now prosperous life
without having anything to do with Joe, when he thinks, "Let me confess
with what feeling I looked forward to Joe's coming... Not with pleasure
though I was bound to him by so many ties; no, with considerable
disturbance and some mortification." (p 630) Despite Joe's kindness and
caring, Pip remained unappreciative and ungrateful, for now Pip was wealthy
and did not care to have contact with a poor man.
Pip's most unfavorable quality was the fact that he was ashamed of
his past and his family. By now, the only thing Pip was interested in was
impressing Miss ...

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