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great expectation

             Througout his novel, Charles Dickens explored the constant struggle Pip.
             faces as he realizes the dangers of being driven by a desire for wealth and.
             social status. Pip attempts to achieve greater things for himself while.
             holding on to important morals and values. Pip always feels a loyalty to.
             Joe, his "ever the best of friends." This, along with the realization that.
             his true priorities should be those that love him, guides Pip through.
             changes in his character and directs him through his internal struggle.
             In stage one, Pip is confronted with a torrent of opportunities.
             and possibilities that get him thinking about what he truly wants for.
             himself. His desire to win Estella shifts his direction down a path toward.
             propriety and business, a road to London. Her rejection of him damages his.
             pride and esteem so much as to make him want to change his entire life and.
             character to meet her approval. At this point, he rejects the love that.
             those like Joe and Biddy offer, and feels he will not see himself as worthy,.
             unless he meets the approval of the cold and haughty miss Estella. This.
             powers him to accept an offer to become a gentleman, and to be taught in.
             London, where he starts to stray ever-farther from those who truly love him.
             As Pip begins his progression toward being a gentleman, he is.
             faced with a world that appears frightening, a commercial world of.
             protocol and etiquette that Pip blindly sees as the answer to the.
             shortcomings he sees in himself. He meets a man by the name of Magwitch,.
             who he immediately refuses to see as anything but a cold criminal, one.
             inadequate by his new-found standards. He would later review these.
             feelings and see that underneath the petty judgement Pip gives to the man,.
             there rests a caring man, that Pip comes to respect. This revelation would.
             surface again in the third stage.
             At the end of stage one, Pip saw Joe as coarse and uncouth, he.
             began to look down upon those he once admired.

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