Charles Dickens And Sandra Cisneros's Coming Of Age

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Different individuals possess their own values, physical attributes and morals. Furthermore, an individual views him or herself, the world and people contrastingly than others. One’s actions and behavior reflect one’s self. One can form his or her self-concept through life experiences and environmental factors such as geography and economy. Moreover, one can define identity as a process of learning. Charles Dickens’ and Sandra Cisneros’ coming of age novels reflect two similar genres and form similar themes. For instance, Great Expectations and The House on Mango Street reveal how one needs to develop his or her identity in order to reach fulfillment and satisfaction within his or her purpose and prevent a life of regret. Personal identity builds upon one’s past, present and future goals. As Pip becomes a gentleman, he feels ashamed of those who love and raised him: “O dear good Joe, whom I was so ready to leave and so unthankful to, I see you again… your broad chest heaving, and your voice dying away” (Dickens 93). Pip, whom has not defined his identity, wants to bury his past, which includes Joe. He recognizes he mistreats Joe, yet still leaves him for fortune. Dickens reveals that one needs to accept the past because it constructs one’s character. People who fail to undertake previous experiences remain in a state of anguish and become fixed on a low maturity level. One who attempts to keep his or her former self in secret, does not have the capability to outgrow his or
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