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Great Expectations proves to be an adventurous and enlightening novel that portrays the rise and fall in stature of a growing and ambitious young man who learns the position that love ambition and wealth play in ones life Throughout the novel Pip Estella Miss Havisham and several other characters learn a variety of morals that could have helped them earlier in life Of the countless individual lessons that each character learns ambition without hard work the importance of love and friendship over wealth and the fact that ones character isnt associated with affluence and status continue to be the most momentous and plot driving lessons that all the characters are influenced by As the novel progresses and Pip grows up several characters learn and begin to understand the various integral lessons that could have helped them and made them happier in their earlier life but for some it may already to late to make up for lost time Throughout his life Pip sets lofty goals and has tremendous ambition for himself in order to move up in social status and perhaps win the favor of Estella but remarkably he never works hard or takes steps to follow his goals This attitude towards his great expectations severely alters Pips personality and changes him into a spoiled arrogant and rude individual This transformation can be seen immediately after Pip inherits large sums of money from his anonymous benefactor Pip acts contemptuously towards Biddy and Joe as shown by his resentment towards them and embarrassment to be seen in their presence Another concept of Pips ambition without hard work is portrayed in his accumulation of debts from purchasing useless luxuries and lavishly spending money in order to be characterized as a gentleman of a high social class to the Finches of the Grove and Estella Pip accumulates these debts because he doesnt put forth the effort to work and his ambition to become a gentleman clouds his conscience
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