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Great Expectations

by Charles Dickens

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In Great Expectations, how has Pip's behavior developed so far?

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As said in the other answer, it is uncertain what point in the story is being specified. That being said, Pip's personality goes through several distinct stages as he grows into maturity.

As a child he is a kind, open-hearted boy with no expectations beyond becoming a village blacksmith like his brother-in-law Joe. He is humble and unassuming.

When he finds out he has "great expectations" and is provided the money to become a gentleman by a secret benefactor, his personality changes. He becomes a snob and becomes ashamed of Joe. For example, he sends a gift rather than going to visit his kind-hearted brother-in-law when he is in the village. Pip also lives lavishly to keep up appearances, and although he has a good deal of money, gets into debt. His snobbery becomes apparent as well at his horror that Magwitch, the former convict, is his benefactor.

After his stage of snobbery, Pip is humbled. He learns to appreciate and even love the dying Magwitch, and he is deeply moved when Joe, who lives so simply, pays his debts. Pip apologizes to Joe for his bad behavior. Pip has come to realize the true worth in a person doesn't reside in external appearances but in a person's heart.

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If you want this question answered, you really have to specify what point in the story you are talking about.  In general, I will assume you are talking about the point where Pip is in London, because that is a natural place for this question.

Pip takes to being a gentleman well, in some respects.  He learns manners and how to get along in the right social circles.  He learns that not all wealthy people are happy.  Happiness turns out to be more elusive than he thought.  So is Estella.  Since his goal is to marry her, he intends to be a part of her circle.  She continues to tease him, but he gets nowhere with her and instead she takes up with Drummle.  Dummle is by far the most dispicable of the dispicable "gentlemen" in training that Pip meets.  Even the normally close Jaggers refers to him as Spider.

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