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Pip himself is a young boy growing into maturity, which accounts for some of the immaturity of the character. Beyond that, Pip shows great naivete in his understanding of people and motivations, especially in relationship to Miss Havisham and Estella. He convinces himself of a false reality, even though it goes against the nature of the two women. Pip is also very egocentric, putting everything that he encounters into context of himself and how it affects him. He doesn't think about how his actions and decisions affect others until he finally understands the deception of Miss Havisham. He disregards Joe, even though Joe has stood by him, and is ashamed of his upbringing. By the end of the story, Pip has matured greatly. He finally realizes that true success does not come from having wealth and reputation, but from being with the ones you love and who love you. It shows the great development that takes place in Pip throughout the novel.

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