What are 3 effects Magwitch has on Pip in "Great Expectations"?i need this for an essay so if there are any quotes that you can add that can be examples of this.

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There are three important ways in which Magwitch affects the life of Pip. The first is the fact that Magwitch is Pip's benefactor. As he says to Pip in an unannounced visit,

"“Yes, Pip, dear boy, I've made a gentleman on you! It's me wot has done it! I swore that time, sure as ever Iearned a guinea, that guinea should go to you. I swore arterwards, sure as ever I spec'lated and got rich, you should get rich. I lived rough, that you should live smooth..."

This surprising turn of events at first disgusts Pip. But then, as he spends time with Magwitch, he comes to appreciate the old, coarse man who has sacrificed himself for Pip. Pip is so grateful to him in the end that he stays with Magwitch until he dies. Finally, Magwitch turns out to be the father of Estella, Pip's great love. Ironically, the girl who rejects him from being of the wrong class, is the daughter of the convict and Mr. Jaggers maid. All this humbles Pip and he realizes the wrong he has done to Joe and to Biddy and he changes back into his caring self at the end of the novel,.

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