What do you find in common between Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol?

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I suppose one could say that the greatest similarity between the two stories is the transformation of the central character. Over the course of Great Expectations Pip matures considerably, learning a lot about himself and the world around him. And Scrooge too experiences something of an epiphany, turning from a mean old miser into the very soul of generosity with the milk of human kindness coursing through his veins.

It's notable that both Pip and Scrooge are marked, to a considerable extent, by their childhoods. For the most part, Scrooge had a pretty miserable childhood, neglected by his stern, unbending father who kept him at school during the holidays. Pip grows up an orphan on the Romney Marshes, where he's ruled with a rod of iron by his older sister. The...

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