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Change occurs constantly This can happen unbeknownst to people yet at the same time people can induce changes within themselves This concept is obviously noticeable with Pip the main character and narrator of the book Great Expectations by Charles Dickens A major theme in Great Expectations is the definition of a true gentleman The notion of what a gentleman is metamorphosizes and develops within Pips mind throughout the story In time Pip will eventually become one in the true sense that he displays an understanding of proper morals and attitudes acting accordingly Great Expectations traces the change in Pips moral development as he becomes a gentleman This transformation is marked by three distinct stages guiltfear self-interest and altruism In tracing the development of Pips character one discovers that Pips morals are in need of development when he is young for he acts out of fear and experiences guilt At the beginning of Great Expectations Pip is seven years old Pip is vulnerable at such an early age Like clay that is not yet hardened he is to be molded by potters hands - the people and other influences around him Pips first profound initiation of fear which dictates his thoughts and actions stems from his first encounter with Magwitch In reference to wanting a file and wittles victuals Magwitch says the following to PipYou bring them both to me or Ill have your heart and liver out Ch 1 p 3 7 The fear of authority and pain dominates Pips thoughts and influences his actions The influence is so profound that Pip reacting out of fear robs Mrs Joe In response to this Pip feels guilty which begets more fear as demonstrated through his vivid imagination But I ran no further than the house door for there I ran head foremost into a party of soldiers with their muskets one of whom held out a pair of handcuffs to me saying Here you
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