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The Great Expectations of Pip A Downward Spiral I deliberated with an aching heart whether I would not get down when we changed horses and walk back and have another evening at home and a better parting This sentence in Charles Dickens Great Expectations seems to sum up the strife and burden that has been put on Pips shoulders since Mr Jaggers announcement of Pips great expectations Pips fortune or expectations change him for better and worse and also affect other people in the story Pips great expectations affect him dramatically and some good comes out of his increase in wealth Pips generosity with his new-found wealth is shown in chapter 36 when he sponsors his friend Herbert when he is in a financial mess 314 This shows Pips unselfish and generous nature when he helps Herbert Pips maturity is evident when he asks his identity to be kept secret as he knows that Herberts dignity would be hurt if Pip gave him financial help Another example of Pips great expectations helping others can be found in chapter 30 where Pip sends a penitential codfish and barrel of oysters to Joe 267 This once again shows his generous side even if out of guilt Pips fortune affects Joe in a materialistic positive light as Pip is now able to purchase more goods for others The ability to support himself and others financially are the only good things that come out of Pips fortune Pips overall self-development however changes for the worse due to his fortune and trying to find his place in society One of the worst consequences of Pips expectations is the barrier between him and his friend Joe Gargery The growing distance between Pip and Joe are painfully obvious in chapter 27 when Joe comes to London to visit Pip Here Pip fears his old friend will embarrass him and is full of apprehensions that any of his newly found refines society
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