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by Charles Dickens

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By the end of the novel, how did Pip find true self worth is found in loyalty, integrity and love in Great Expectations?

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By the end of the novel, Pip has discovered who he really is and has become an honorable man instead of a selfish child.

When he first meets Miss Havisham and Estella, they teach him to be ashamed of himself.  Yet we can see the adult narrator thinking back, ashamed of this shame.

I had never thought of being ashamed of my hands before; but I began to consider them a very indifferent pair. Her contempt for me was so strong, that it became infectious, and I caught it. (ch 8, p. 42)

Pip begins to be offended by Joe, and tries to live like a gentleman.  He turns his back on his family.

When he is older and has lost his fortune, Pip does come to appreciate his...

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