In Great Expectations, Joe visits Pip. How is he received? How has Pip changed? How does Joe treat Pip?

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One the dominant themes of Great Expectations is what might be called "the true measure of a man." When Pip becomes wealthy from his unknown benefactor, he goes to London and becomes puffed up with an exaggerated and false view of himself and others. He disdains his former life and those of his acquaintances who no longer meet his social standards.

When Joe comes to visit Pip, Pip is ashamed of him and his workingman manners and dress, although he has enough conscience left to at least try to hide it, at first. But Joe, though uneducated, is a shrewd judge of people, and he easily sees that he isn't welcome and that the Pip he once knew is mightily changed.

However, this doesn't change goodhearted Joe's love of Pip, and when Pip needs him, Joe is there for him. Just as in the same story when the outside of Magwitch, the convict, is shown to not be the real man beneath, Dickens continues exploring his theme of what truly is valuable in human character.

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In Chapter 27, Joe visits Pip and is made to feel uncomfortable and inferior to Pip.  Joe stands awkwardly, holds his hat as if it were a nest with eggs in it (even funnier since the hat keeps falling off the mantle and Joe has to snatch it from the air before it hits the ground).  Joe's eating habits make dinner uncomfortable, and Joe keeps calling Pip "Sir" as if they barely know one another.

Pip is snooty, condescending, and unloving toward Joe.  He has forgotten his roots and how Joe loved and protected him from Mrs. Joe during his younger years. 

Joe is not treated kindly by Pip and does not stay long.  Before leaving, he tells Pip that he will not return to London to visit Pip, but asks Pip to come to the forge to visit Joe and Biddy where they are most at home and most comfortable.

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