In Great Expectations, why is Pip a round character, and what examples from the story support it?

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Pip is one of the more rounded characters you are likely to find in literature. A rounded character is one who seems like a real person. A rounded character, like most real people, changes and grows. In contrast, a flat character is one dimensional, often a "type" meant to express just one character trait. A flat character doesn't change or grow. The reader usually doesn't get any insights into why such a character behaves as he or she does. You can visualize a round character as one you could walk all around and see a "back" to, whereas a flat character is like a cardboard cutout.

We know that Pip is a round character because he changes and grows during the course of the novel. We can chart that from our reactions to him at various stages of his life. We initially sympathize with him as a terrified but kindhearted child helping a convict and surviving in modest home with a harsh older stepsister and her kind husband Joe. Later, as he gains...

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