What is the narrator's attitude towards home and other people?

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Pip is the narrator of Great Expectations.  At first, he is poor and content to be so.  He tolerates his abusive sister and loves his uncle Joe.  However, after meeting Miss Havisham and Estella he begins to feel embarrassed of his humble household.  Estella teases him for being coarse, and Miss Havisham appears to be grooming him for Estella.  Things get more complicated with the fortune turns up and Pip is revealed to have “great expectations” of being a gentleman.  From then on his priorities change.  He is embarrassed by Joe, and wants to live as a wealthy gentleman.  He thinks Miss Havisham wants him to marry Estella.  He basically turns his back on the past, and wants this new life of privilege and money.

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