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sammiegrace | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted August 22, 2012 at 4:07 PM via web

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What are 3 things Pip learns about himself in Great Expectations?

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npoore84 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted August 23, 2012 at 2:21 AM (Answer #1)

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At the beginning of the novel, through the maturation of Pip, we see him first as a very ungrateful person full of arrogance and and anger towards other people. By the end of the novel, Dickens has changed Pip into a person full of compassion towards other people and thier situtation. 

In the middle of the novel, Pip is a very vicious person with horrible thoughts towards other people. He is very unforgiving. For example, Pip can only think of the horrible things that Provis has done. Although he was not reaised to be like this, his mind is concentrated with vile and vicious thoughts. As Pip matures, he learns how to forgive and let go of the horrible things people have done. 

At the end of the novel Great Expectations, Pip finally learns how to be an honorable person and Dickens redefines Pip as an honorable person at the end of the novel. One example is when Pip is at the deathbed of Provis. He states, "Dear Magwitch, I must tell you, now at last, You had a child once whom you loved and lost, she lived and found powerful friends. She is living now. She is a lady and very beautiful and I love her." By telling Provis this, Pip is telling him that his daughter is safe and that he has finally become a gentleman. 

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