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Moral Maturity In Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations the main character Pip undergoes a constant moral maturing Pips original childhood innocence was stripped of him when he began to desire material wealth and influence His fear of certain characters like Mrs Joe and Magwitch inspired him to do some undesirable things Next when Pip was in London being supported by his convict he spent his money recklessly in an attempt to gratify himself Finally after Pip realized the truth about people his formerly selfish attitude turned altruistic and he accepted others for whom they are not for what they look like In Charles Dickens novel Great Expectations Pip experienced three basic stages of moral maturity fear self- satisfaction and altruism The first stage Pip went through relative to his moral development was fear in this stage Pips main excuse for his actions was his fear of punishment Fear can inspire a person to think irrationally and make himher aware only of themselves Reacting out of fear is natural but it must be overcome sooner or later to spur on further growth as a person Pip displayed this weakness because Mrs Joe was constantly beating and threatening him This kind of behavior made Pip very sensitive and easily swayed in his thoughts In this quote Pip is inspired by fear to lie to his sister and Mr Pumblechook 7 was perfectly frantic - a reckless witness under the torture - and would have told them anything ch 9 pg 97 Another specific example of Pip acting out of fear was when he met Magwitch his convict on the marshes and was told to bring him a file and some whittles or else Pips liver would be ripped out by the convicts friend This incident spurred Pip on to steal from Mrs Joe and lie to his family Acting out of fear is the least mature response to a situation This response of Pips signifies his inability
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