To wonder if a person is a gentleman, one must look within and not fixate on themselves upon their appearances and materials possessions. In Great Expectations, Pip undergoes many transformations through the course of the book. Pip transforms from a young naive child to a gentleman by distinguishing of three different phases of Pipâ€™s life. In Great Expectations, Charles Dickensâ€™s separate the novel into three distinct phases of Pipâ€™s life.
In the first phase of Pipâ€™s life he desires wealth, education, and a better social life. He mostly wants to impress Estella. Pip slowly becomes superficial. He is only interested in a girlâ€™s appearance â€œâ€¦she had said I was common, and that I knew I was common, and that I wished I was not common, and that the lies come of it somehow, though I didnâ€™t know how.â€ (69) Pip is blinded by Estellaâ€™s beauty and doesnâ€™t focus on what is really important in a person. Later in Pipâ€™s life, he meets people from both higher and lower social classes. He is overcome by greed, and immediately longs to be better educated. He realizes how much his family is different from that of the rich and wants nothing more than to be accepted as a gentleman. â€œIt is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home.â€ (106)
In the second phase Pip still dreams of being educated and wealthy. As the second phase progresses, he spends less and less time with people that he considers â€œcommon.â€ Later he tries to compensate for his neglect. He neglects Biddy and Joe. Pip is still interested in impressing Estella and Miss Havisham with his high status and new wealth. If he is seen with a poor, unintelligent man such as Joe, he would be mortified. "I was looking forward to Joe's coming not with pleasure, thought that I was bound to him... If I could have kept him away by paying money, I would have paid money.â€ (103) T