Great Expectations

Why is pip a good victim for Estella's sadistic treatment? What effect does she have on Pip's self image?

maybe chapters 8 or 9

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Yes, he loved her. Her sadistic treatment would have been ineffective on someone not emotionally tied to her. As far as self image........ I've always thought Estella Pip's reason for self improvement, a poor and unworthy reason, but a reason none-the-less.