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How effective are the introduction phases in Great Expectations and Jane Eyre? In my essay I will be describing and comparing the opening paragraphs of "Great Expectations" ang "Jane Eyre". The writer of "Great Expectations" is Charles Dickens (1812-70). Dickens was a middle class man who was well known and wealthy. He had his own journal, called "All the year around", in which he published "Great Expectations" over a period of 59 weeks; a chapter a week was published his magazine. He wrote it in 1860 and it was published between December 1860 and August 1861. "Jane Eyre" was printed in 1847 and written by Charlotte Bronte but below the name of Currer Bell because it was difficult for a women in the Victorian times to print a book. She had been born in Yorkshire but lived a short life of only 39 years (1816-55). It was not just her in her family that dies at a young age, she had two sisters who did not make it into maturity. She also had a brother and two surviving sisters. Her dad was a Vicar. She wasn't the only literate person in the household; her sisters also had books printed. "Great Expectations" starts off with Pip all alone at a deserted graveyard looking in his immediate relatives gravestones. Then a guy threatens him "...I will cut your throat!" The man is an escaped captive and instructs Pip to assist him by getting his brother-in-laws tools to get his shackles off. Pip agrees to help him so that the prisoner does not kill him. He states when Pip tells anyone that he has seen the man he's going to be murdered by a "young guy" Jane is an orphan living with the Reed family. She's being bullied by John Reed, and is scared of him. Mrs Reed ignores the bullying even though it happens in front of her.