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Magwitch teaches Pip to look beyond people's exteriors to what lies within. He appears as a terrfying figure to the young Pip at first, as a grimy, rough convict, and later Pip comes to despise him for his low-class, squalid, criminal background, but he remains true to Pip, never forgets how Pip helped him and in turn generously bestows money on him. Pip comes to realise that he has a good heart and ends up feeling ashamed for looking down on people because of their social backgrounds. Most of all, perhaps, Magwitch teaches Pip the value of gratitude.

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