In Great Expectations, why does Pip want to be a gentleman? Why does he feel ashamed around Joe?

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Pip wants to be a gentleman so he can be worthy of the beautiful but haughty Estella. She and Miss Havisham make Pip acutely aware of his low social status, and he wants to climb up the social ladder in order to win Estella's affections.

Joe embarrasses Pip, particularly when...

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Pip wants to be a gentleman so he can be worthy of the beautiful but haughty Estella. She and Miss Havisham make Pip acutely aware of his low social status, and he wants to climb up the social ladder in order to win Estella's affections.

Joe embarrasses Pip, particularly when Joe comes to the city to visit him, because Joe is not ashamed of his low social status. He is a blacksmith and does not aspire to be any higher than what he is, because he sees nothing wrong with being a working-class man. Pip, being young and foolish, does not realize that Joe is actually a finer character than Estella and her ilk since he is genuine and goodhearted.

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Pip wants to be a gentleman because he wants to impress Estella.  Pip has fallen in love with Estella and she thinks of him  "Why he is a common labouring-boy!"  Estella plays with Pip but looks down on him.  When Pip is given the chance to become a gentleman, he embraces the process. 

Pip is ashamed of Joe because he is a common working man, a blacksmith.  He is not educated, but he is a good judge of character.  Joe is a kind man, he helps Pip as much as he can with Pip's sister, his wife.  But when Joe comes to London, Pip is uncomfortable to have him in his environment.  Joe's commonness is very obvious and it makes him refer to Pip as Sir. Which makes Pip even more uncomfortable.

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