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Is it more important to be loved and honored or more important to be rich and powerful That is the question that Philip Pirrip better known as Pip in Charles Dickens Great Expectations must ask himself Pip is a very ambitious young man who wants to become more than he already is He comes from a poor background of which he is ashamed He wants to become rich and powerful but that does not seem likely Then one unexpected day all of his dreams begin to come true and his great expectations begin to be fulfilled His ambition begins to take him in the positive direction Or does it Throughout the novel Pips ambition causes both negative and positive effects in his life Ambition is not a quality that the reader initially sees in Pip In the beginning of the novel the reader sees Pip as a kind gentle even scared little boy He lives with his older sister and her husband Joe Gargery Joe is the local blacksmith and being a blacksmith means that Pip comes from a poor background As the novel progresses the readers view of Pip changes When Pip begins to see Estella the rich beautiful daughter of Miss Havisham he starts to realize the difference in their backgrounds Pip is the nephew of a poor blacksmith He begins to feel ashamed of the place from which he comes After meeting Estella for the first time he walks home thinking that he was a common labouring boy his hands were course his boots were thick and generally that he was in a low-lived bad way Dickens 59 He begins to lose that kindness and gentleness that the reader initially saw but not completely While he is ashamed of where he comes from he feels guilty about being ashamed It is a most miserable thing to feel ashamed of home Home had never been a pleasant place to me Dickens 99 When
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