When Pip meets the convict how does it change his life?Why is Pip ashamed of being poor when he visits Satis House?

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podunc eNotes educator| Certified Educator

When the young Pip helps Magwich the convict, he does not realize that his kindness will change the course of his life. Pip steals a file and food for the desperate man, and many years later finds out that Magwich has become rich and made Pip his benefactor.

In chapter 8, Pip is ashamed of being poor when he visits Miss Havisham's house because of Estella's contempt for him. She calls him a "common labouring boy," points out his coarse hands and thick boots, and mocks him for crying. Pip confesses that "her contempt for me was so strong, that it became infectious and I caught it." 

amy-lepore eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Another way that Pip changed once he met the convict was that Pip had this overwhelming sense of guilt for stealing the food from his sister, Mrs. Joe, and the file from Joe.  He felt horrible for keeping the secret from them.  He lied to protect the convict and also to protect himself from his violent sister.

Any time someone lies, steals, and keeps secrets from loved ones, his or her personality and behavior is changed.

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