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In the novel Great Expectations by Charles Dickens many characters have a great influence on Pips life The characters that affect him most are Magwitch Pips benefactor Estella whom Pip adores and Joe Pips best friend throughout the novel Some of the people in Pips life unfortunately drew him away from the fact that social status does not matter as long as you have a good heart inside Magwitch is the character that affects Pip most throughout the story He is the nightmare-creator that scared Pip as a young boy one Christmas and from that point on Pips life was turned upside down A few years after the incident on the marshes the convict shows that he still remembers Pip by sending a curious looking man to Jolly Bargemen to give Pip several pounds and to stir his drink with the file that Pip gave the convict Some time passes and while Pip is still apprenticed to Joe a lawyer by the name of Jaggers comes to Pip and tells that he is to become a gentleman and that he has great expectations Pip does not know it yet but once again Magwitch has come in and this time greatly influenced his life by putting forth the money for Pip to become a gentleman And after years of living as a gentleman Pips benefactor is revealed to him and Pip is embarrassed and his chances with Estella are shattered Pip briefly sums up the relationship between Estella on page 143 when he says to Herbert I adore Estella Unfortunately for Pip the two old friends were never meant to be No matter how hard Pip tried to change himself he could not change Estellas cold-hearted ways The reason for Pips quest for uncommonness was a failing attempt to receive Estellas love In the end the two friends part never seeing the other againAnother character that had a great influence on Pips life was his childhood
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