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 is offered to be taught to be a gentleman. Now Pip is completely confident that becoming a gentleman will make Estella fall head over heels for him, but he cannot be any more wrong. During his teachings in London to become a gentleman, he falls into a large amount of debt and becomes miserable. He feels that soon it will be over and he will be Estella's husband. Then he learns the news that Estella is to be married, but not to Pip. This news devastates Pip. All of Pip's hard work to win Estella's heart is now in vain. He then learns to not expect everything to happen to him and he also learns to fix his mistakes that he has made by being humble to himself and to the ones around him.
Another one of Pip's errors that Dickens wants the readers to learn is not to be ashamed of one's home. When Pip becomes more involved with Estella and her mother, Miss Havisham, the only family that Pip has is his paralyzed sister, her husband, Joe, who works in the forge as a blacksmith, and his sister's caretaker, Biddy. Once he becomes more involved with the higher class, he becomes full of himself. He soon feels ashamed of his family. He also feels that they are not worthy of being around him. Even once, while Pip and Joe are working in the forge, Pip fears that Estella will come to the window and see him, covered in dust and working with Joe. This is shown on page 121, as Pip is working with Joe and thinks to himself:What I dreaded was that in some unlucky hour I, being at my grimiest and commonest, should lift up my eyes and se Estella looking in at one of the wooden windows of the fear. I was haunted by the fear that she would, sooner or later, find me out, with a black face and hands, doing the coarsest part of my work, and would exult over me and despise me.
Pip is ashamed of his commonness, and feels because of it he is unworthy of Estella's heart. However; there are many other reasons why Estella does not love him. This feeling of shame is another driving force, which causes him to leave his family to try to obtain the unattainable, Estella. One day while he is staying in London, Joe takes the time to come visit Pip, and takes the long journey to London to spend time with his good friend, Pip. One of the first ideas that comes to Pip's mind is that he hopes that one of his friends, Herbert Pocket, will not be around to see...
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