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Discuss the theme of outsider in Silas Marner and To Kill A Mockingbird The theme of outsider runs throughout both Silas Marner written by Harper Lee and To Kill A Mockingbird written by George Eliot Many other similarities exist between the two novels as well Both novels are written by women in a time were oppression segregation and prejudice were around in some force Both novels involve a character that is an outsider by towards the end becomes accepted into the remote community they found themselves in Both outsiders in the two novels are also male Both novels are also set 30 years prior to writing giving the author hindsight and retrospective However differences also exist between the two novels Silas Marner is set in England during the years just before and during the industrial revolution whereas To Kill A Mockingbird is set in South USA during the 1930s Other differences involve the focus of the two novels To Kill A Mockingbird does not centrally lie on the theme of Boo Radley as the outsider or on the life of Boo Radley but more on racism and prejudice and uses Boo Radley as an example of a product of the bad things in Maycomb Alabama However Silas Marner does lie centrally on the theme of Silas Marner as an outsider how he became an outsider and how he coped and became excepted It is these differences and similarities that help portray a theme of outsider in the novels context and is what makes both novels interesting while still being unique To Kill A Mockingbird is set in the 1930s in Alabama in a fictional county named Maycomb This historically places the novel in the midst of social prejudice against the blacks and how they are not accepted in the communities in the USA Silas Marner is set in the late 1820s through to the early 1850s in central England in a fictional town called
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