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Over the course of Great Expectations Pip learns lifelong lessons that result from guiltiness humiliation and over-confidence He evolves from a young boy filled with innocence 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 arrogance and self-indulgence and finally his stage of redemption When Pip encounters Estella and Miss Havisham he begins to feel ashamed of himself and the life he lives He 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 who points out all of his common traits and treats him as an inferior She taunts him for wearing thick boots and for having coarse hands Estella demolishes his self-esteem this makes Pip ashamed of things he never was before 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 Her contempt was so strong that it became infectious and I caught it60 From then on Pip is ashamed of who he is and where he comes from Pips feelings of guilt are shown after the fight with the young pale gentleman and the attack of Mrs Joe After beating up the boy at Ms Havishams Pip said he felt but gloomy satisfaction in my victory Indeed I go so far as to hope that I regarded myself while dressing as a species of savage young wolf or other wild beasts9293 Although he feels guilty here some feelings of pride come over him he did beat up a gentleman The attack upon Mrs Joe also brings guilt to Pip The weapon used against Mrs Joe was an ironed leg-chain Pips guilt comes from his belief that he supplied the weapon I was at first disposed to believe that I must have
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