Find a brief example of the embarrassment shame in Great Expectations. What purpose does this element serve in the novel?

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Pip is ashamed of his poor upbringing.  This relates to the themes of searching for identity and class struggles.  Pip has to decide over the course of the novel who he wants to be—a gentleman who focuses on image, or a humble man who focuses on family.

Pip is ashamed of himself and his family once he begins visiting Estella.  Before that, it never occurs to him to be embarrassed.

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,enotes etext p. 42)

First, Pip is ashamed of himself when Estella calls him coarse. ...

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