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what is the effect of Pip's expectations in Charles Dicken's Great Expectations 

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In order to answer this question, you need to consider the following: how does Pip's opinion of himself and his future change? how do other people's opinions of Pip change?  how does his change in expectations expand his world and experiences?  Now it might seem that his change in expectations will be positive, but you also need to consider even though he is a "gentleman" that he can't completely shake all the connectoins to his past that are not part of a gentleman's world.  It would be best to weigh the positive and negative effects of the changes in Pip's world and his experiences.

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