scroll to top
Stuck on your essay?
Get ideas from this essay and see how your work stacks up
Word Count: 1,797
In Great Expectations Pip goes through stages of moral maturity Over the course of the novel Pip learns lifelong lessons that result from pain guilt and shame Pip evolves from a young boy filled with shame and guilt to a selfish young man and finally into a man who has true concern for others Pip goes through three stages in the novel shame and guilt self-gratification and his stage of redemption The first stage of Pips maturity is his shame and guilt Shame is a feeling brought on by circumstances beyond the control of the person For example Pip feels ashamed over how common and coarse he and Joe are Guilt on the other hand is a feeling brought on by ones actions An example of this is after Pip beats the pale young gentlemen Pip starts off the novel with feelings of guilt but when Pip encounters Estella and Miss Havisham he begins to feel shame as well Pip feels ashamed about how he is so common He regrets that Joe is a mere blacksmith and has no education Pips shame is brought on by Estella Estella points out all of Pips common mannerisms and treats Pip as an inferior even though they are about the same age She taunts Pip for calling knaves Jacks for wearing thick boots and for having coarse hands This makes Pip feel ashamed of things he has never been ashamed of before His self-esteem is demolished by Estella Pip thinks to himself I had never thought of being ashamed of my hands before but I began to consider them a very different pair From then on Pip is ashamed of who he is and where he comes from He doesnt see himself in the same light as he used to Pips feelings of guilt are shown after the fight with the young pale gentlemen and the attack of Mrs Joe After beating up the boy
@Kibin is a lifesaver for my essay right now!!
- Sandra Slivka, student @ UC Berkeley
Wow, this is the best essay help I've ever received!
- Camvu Pham, student @ U of M
If I'd known about @Kibin in college, I would have gotten much more sleep
- Jen Soust, alumni @ UCLA