Great Expectations Charles Dickens: How is Pip influenced by other people in the novel???

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Throughout Part One of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations, Pip's feelings are progressively changed from his interactions with several characters. Pip is exposed to opposing influences when interacting with Joe and Mrs. Joe. Mrs. Joe causes Pip to feel guilt by the way that she speaks to him. On the other hand, Joe is comforting and affectionate, causing Pip to feel very happy with his life in the marshes. The emotions of Pip and Estella are contrasted while they are at Satis House. The dark and gloomy setting enhances Estella's intimidating manner causing the feeling of shame and inferiority to grow within Pip. In order to please Estella, Pip changes dramatically from Chapter 1 to Chapter 19 as he tries to fulfill his desire to become a gentleman instead of a "common labouring boy"

Mrs. Joe, Pip's sister, triggers Pip to feel guilt for stealing food for the convict and for the trouble that he has caused her in the past.

Pip experiences guilt as he steals food for his convict from the churchyard out of fear. He wants to tell his sister and Joe, her husband, what he is doing, but he is scared that he will be seriously hurt or maybe killed by the convict and the young man. The convict had threatened death towards Pip earlier when they had first met. Pip does not like to lie and likes to share everything that he knows with his brother-in-law, Joe, because they have an everlasting friendship with each other. He is caught in the middle. He is scared of telling the truth for fear of being hurt by the convicts. On the contrary, he is scared to lie for fear of getting beaten by Mrs. Joe and the tickler, "a wax-ended piece of cane, worn smooth by collision...