One of the examples of snobbery that are most salient in the novel Great Expectations comes from Pip, the protagonist of the novel. By chapter XXVII, Pip's attitude has changed considerably. Now, he is more aware of class differences and of the stigmas associated with poverty. He knows that, in his society, the poor are seen as "unfortunate," but also as ignorant and worthless.
As a result, when Pip receives a letter from Biddy telling him that Joe Gargery is coming to London, Pip reacts with hesitation. He is not too excited about it, even though we know that Pip and Joe's relationship is at the heart of the plot. Pip's entrance into higher society has made him realize the differences that have grown between himself and Joe. Mainly, their differences have to do with class and education.
Pip says that he was not excitedly waiting for Joe:
I was bound to him by so many ties; no; with considerable disturbance, some mortification, and a keen sense of incongruity. If I could have kept him away by...
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