The Journey of Pip and Jane Eyre: the Story of Great Expectations and Jane Eyre

Essay by smyth616High School, 11th gradeA+, January 2009

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In the journey that is coming of age there are many lessons that we have to learn, and one of them is being humble. In both books, Great Expectations, by Charles Dickens, and Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte, both main characters learn from the mistakes they have made in their life as we see unfold in the end of both novels. Once these characters learn humility, light is shown upon the errors of their ways and they can move on with their life. The authors of both novels, in turn, try to educate the readers so that they do not make the same mistakes as the characters. The authors want their readers not to fall into the same holes that the novels characters have fallen into; instead, they want them to fix the mistakes before it is too late.

In Great Expectations, the main character's troubles are due to his "great expectations" of what will happen in his life.

When nothing lives up to his expectations it is a disappointment. All of his troubles begin when he first meets the old, mean, and rich lady, Miss Havisham and here beautiful adopted daughter, Estella. Once he sees Estella he is stunned by her beauty. Then Miss Havisham makes a plot to ruin Pip's life by making him fall in love with Estella and then make her brutally break his heart. Soon, Pip begins to spend more and more time in Satis House, which is where Miss Havisham lives, and he becomes more known in the community. This causes him to become proud of himself. After this he feels that he has a better chance with Estella, and soon he expects that Estella will become his bride. Pip then gets the chance to even improve his chances with Estella when he...