The Theme of an Oustider in Silas Marner and To Kill a Mockingbird

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Discuss the theme of an oustider in Silas Marner and To Kill a
Mockingbird.

What is an outsider? The dictionary defines that an outsider is a person excluded from a group. The outsider plays an important part in both novels. In 'Silas Marner' by George Eliot Silas is the main outsider, however in 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee even though
Boo is the obvious outsider there are many others.

'Silas Marner' is written by George Eliot, which is the pen name of
Mary Ann Evans. She had to change her name to a man's name to avoid facing prejudice, as it was not seen proper for a lady to write books, this also makes her an outsider. Due to this she could be more sympathetic with outsiders, this could have influenced her to
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'To Kill a Mockingbird' is set in a town called Maycomb in Alabama. It is written in the 1950's but is set in 1933-1935. At the time it was set and at the time it was written there was a lot of prejudice against black people in America, especially in the southern states.

The 1930's were also the time of the depression, which meant that many people had gone bankrupt. The Jim Crow laws were also still in motion, which created a segregation of white and black people. In the 1950's civil rights were important in the U.S.A as black people were fighting for them. It was also the time when the majority of white males were members or sympathisers of the Ku Klux Klan. This adds to the theme of an outsider in this book, because one of the outsiders Tom Robinson is the victim of racial prejudice.

Both novels are set thirty years before they are written and both are a hundred years apart. This shows that prejudice is constantly around.

In the town of Maycomb hierarchy makes outsiders of people. The Finchs are regarded as southern aristocracy but later become outsiders because Atticus defends Tom Robinson. The Radleys are outsiders because they are so conspicuous and secretive. The Cunninghams and the
Ewells have both been bankrupt due to the depression. However the
Cunninghams faced it bravely where as the Ewells became dishonest and depraved. They are the white trash of the society, which makes them
outsiders.
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