Great Expectations Questions and Answers
by Charles Dickens

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In many Victorian novels, the young protagonist experiences a discrepancy between the real world and their expectations. What does "discrepancy mean"? Why is it important in Great Expectations and Jane Eyre?

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Great Expectations and Jane Eyre are alike in that both protagonists begin with low expectations of what their lives will be. Both are dependent orphans with no money. Pip is treated harshly by the older sister he lives with and has no aspirations higher than to become a village blacksmith like his beloved Joe. Jane lives with her aunt, who resents her, and cousins who abuse her. After attending Lowood School, she expects no more than to be a governess.

Both face a discrepancy, however,...

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