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Comparison Of Harry Potter And Jane Eyre

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Harry Potter and Jane Eyre are two novel characters who have quite a lot of similarities. In their early childhood, both were raised as orphans, both experienced cruelty and unkind treatment from relatives who were supposed to take care of them, both were given opportunity to study and live far away from the people who treated them harshly, and both of them had a life-changing experience in their respective schools. Both Harry Potter and Jane Eyre grew up and lived with their relatives. Harry Potter lived with the Dursleys while Jane lived with the Reeds. Reading their story and how they had to live every single day of their lives with such cruel, unkind and selfish relatives is heartbreaking. However, throughout the course of their story, their experiences and difficulties helped in shaping their characters and eventually taught them valuable lessons that inspire and reveal the goodness that is in them. Both Harry and Jane had to bear the difficulty of being treated in an unjust environment. Harry had the cupboard underneath the stairs for his room, he wore hand-me-down oversized clothes that were outgrown by his cousin, he was often asked to do errands at home, he was constantly been kept from visitors, he was bullied by his cousin, and he suffered neglect and had to endure the insults and rude words that came from his aunt and uncle. Jane had a similar fate as Harry. Having been brought up in a house that treated her as a burden and constantly demoralized her, she had to endure physical and emotional abuse from her aunt and cousins. She was discouraged from socializing with other people including her own cousins and was excluded from family events. Even her three cousins abused her and she had to do a lot of household chores. Like Harry, Jane had an unhappy childhood life. She was also branded by her aunt as “deceitful” and “liar” in an attempt to discourage other people from trusting her (Bronte 33). Harry and Jane both had miserable lives in the company of their relatives. However, things changed for them when they had the opportunity to study far from the people who disregarded them. The life of Harry Potter changed when he was finally introduced to his true identity, a wizard, and had to attend school at the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. As for Jane, she eventually had the chance to be away from the Reeds and study at Lowood Institution, a school for orphaned girls. School was both tough and pleasant for Harry and Jane. Both had instant friends and instant enemies. Attending school is perhaps a taste of normalcy in their lives, except that their past still haunted and defined their characters. Harry was known at school as “the boy who lived” having survived the attack of a notorious wizard (Rowling 18); while Jane had to carry with her the rude description that her aunt made of her which is “deceitful” which resulted in her being labeled as...

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