In "Jane Eyre" and " Great Expectations", compare and contrast Jane and Pip's interaction with the opposite sex in relation to their journey to self fulfillment?

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gpane eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Jane and Pip are from similarly poor and deprived backgrounds, and they are both orphans who experience a harsh upbringing, but they have different personalities, especially when it comes to approaching the opposite sex. Generally speaking Jane is able to stand up for herself more, is more assured about what and who she wants. She sets her sights on Rochester fairly early on, despite the fact that he is considerably above her socially, and a lot has to happen before she finally succeeds in marrying him, but marry him she does. Pip by contrast is much more timid when approaching the girl that he is so attracted to, Estella, and allows himself to be routinely ridiculed by her. However, like Jane, he too sets out to achieve the object of his desire. Outwardly he is quieter than Jane but inside he is really no less passionate, in fact he is obsessed with Estella. For both him and Jane, marrying the object of their desire is vital to their overall sense of well-being and self-fulfillment. However things generally turn out more disastrously for Pip than for Jane and it is never made quite clear whether he and Estella do finally get together, or not.

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Pip is more prone to be amazed at appearances. He is overwhelmed by Estella's beauty and social status. Jane, on the other hand, appreciate what is under the appearance of the man whom she finds honestly ugly. 

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