Character Essay

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“Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.”
-Helen Keller
All through our lives, we are forced through hard times. Helen Keller once stated, “Character cannot be developed in ease and quiet. Only through experience of trial and suffering can the soul be strengthened, vision cleared, ambition inspired, and success achieved.” She is trying to convey the point that, even though we see these problems and suffering as ubiquitous, these struggles make us better people, and allow us to become who we truly are. Both Great Expectations by Charles Dickens ...view middle of the document...

He longs to be a gentleman of fortune, and to win the heart if the breathtaking Estella. Pip, seeing no way to accomplish this, is apprenticed to Joe to be a blacksmith, as he originally planned. One day, Pip is contacted by a man and is told that an anonymous benefactor as decided to give Pip a large sum of money, and pay for him to become a learned gentleman. Pip travels to London, upset to be leaving Joe and his good friend, Biddy, behind, but sees it as the only chance to win Estella’s approval and affection. Pip begins to learn from his tutor and slowly becomes more and more of a gentleman, but he misses Joe dearly. But, when one day Joe announces he will be visiting Pip in London, Pip is horrified, scared that his new friends will look down upon Joe and Pip’s common upbringing. When Joe visits, Pip is very rude to him, and once he leaves, Pip feels terrible. He has an intensive internal conflict between his relationship he had with Joe and his extreme desire to become a gentleman so he can impress Estella. When he gets the chance to see Estella again, he believes she will be impressed with him and his becoming a gentleman. But she treats him with complete indifference, she has no interest in him or who he has become, and Pip is devastated. When Pip hears that Estella is to be married to another man, he is distraught, and when he loses his fortune due to debt, he gives up on ever being with Estella. He decides to return to his hometown and marry his good friend Biddy, only to be shocked when he learned she has married another man. He is not upset, but rather congratulates her and takes a job in a mercantile firm with his good buddy who he had helped in the past. Pip is completely content with his modes lifestyle, and decides to visit his hometown. He decides to visit the old home of Miss Havisham, who has long since passed, to revisit the place where he first met Estella. While there he sees Estella and they fondly discuss their pasts, and as they leave the estate, they hold hands. Pip then knows they will never be apart again, and is completely happy. Pip had to go through all of these trials and inner and outer conflicts to learn to be happy with who he is and to learn to love himself and others.
Similarly, the main character of The Rules of Survival, Matthew, must go through many conflicts and problems before he can be happy. In the novel, Matthew is the oldest child of three and has two younger sisters, Emmy and Callie. Their...

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