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In the novel Great Expectations the protagonist Pips abusive childhood causes his values to change for the worse Before Pips values were affected by this abuse he strongly believed in intimate relationships However his values drastically changed to being primarily concerned with peoples impression of him His values are threatened so easily because the abuse he has endured has made him sensitive and morally timid Therefore it is because of the people around Pip that inflict fear and criticism upon his feeble and sensitive heart that his values and moral judgment is impaired First of all Pips sister who brought him up by hand strikes fear into Pip causing his judgment to be impaired Throughout the novel Mrs Joe goes on violent ram-pages and beats Pip This fear has had a detrimental effect on Pip he even mentions that it has made him too sensitive This causes his values to be easily threatened For example a convict was able to corrupt Pips values in intimate relationships by using fear as a weapon Because Pip was in fear he betrayed his relationship with Joe by stealing from him This shows that fear can even destroy a strong relationship such as one Joe and Pip once had This also shows that fear can make Pip do anything even commit a crime Another example of fear impairing Pips judgment is the fight scene A young boy picks a fight with Pip and striking fear into to Pip feeble and sensitive heart Because Pip was in fear he took part in this fight even though he knew it was wrong This shows that Pip will even resort to violence if he is in fear Pips judgment and values are corrupted because his abusive sister has made him sensitive Moreover Pip is abused mentally by Estella causing him to become insecure about himself She does this by constantly criticizing Pip For example she doesnt want to play with
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