Jane Eyrevs. Great ExpectationsThemes: Theme is a key similarity between the two novels. Both novels focus on the ideas of relationships and love, and of identity and self-reliance. Throughout both novels, the main characters experience and develop relationships with people that either help or hinder their development of who they are and how they respond to others. However, a key different between the novels is how the characters grow in these areas. Jane is always seen in a positive light in the pursuit of identity and healthy relationships, but encounters obstacles beyond her control. Pip, on the other hand, becomes very arrogant and self-absorbed and causes most of the conflicts in the relationships that he develops because of his misinterpretation of who he is and where he belongs.Beginning Relationships: At first, more similarities than differences exist between Pip and Jane’s position and struggles. Let’s look at who they are as children, and how they relate to the key adults in their lives.