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A Comparison of the Portrayal of Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird and Miss Havisham in Great Expectations

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A Comparison of the Portrayal of Boo Radley in To Kill a Mockingbird and Miss Havisham in Great Expectations To 'Kill a Mocking Bird' and 'Great Expectations' are both good examples of bildungsroman, which is a novel that describes a character's life and development from childhood to adulthood, which is one similarity between the novels (Scout and Pip). 'To Kill a Mocking Bird' is written by Harper Lee and is set in a small Southern American town, Maycomb in the 1930s. 'Great Expectations' is written by Charles Dickens and is set in England early 1800s. These novels both have another thing in common they both have characters that are isolated from the outside world, Boo Radley in 'To Kill A Mockingbird' and Miss Havisham in 'Great Expectations', these characters have lots of similarities, but also a lot of differences. The settings of both characters are different in small ways such as they are both set in different times and countries. 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is set in a small American town, of Maycomb, whereas 'Great Expectations' is set in a big city, in Southeast England. As they are set in different times and settings, they both approach different themes. ...read more.

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Boo's clothing also say a bit about him, he was wearing 'khaki pants...torn denim shirt', this could possibly represent him as being "normal" just like everyone else and not a "monster" like the people of Maycomb claim, as he is wearing casual clothes. Miss Havisham's clothes, like Boo's also say something about her. For example she is wearing a 'faded and yellow' wedding dress gives us an idea of her state of mind, that she is faded and perhaps heart is also faded and worn out. There are also differences in both character's appearances. One difference is that we are given a rumoured description of Boo, however we are not given one of Miss Havisham, as people tend not to speak badly about her. Another difference is that when we see Miss Havisham she seems to be stuck over one particular time in her life, the exact time, that she was possibly left at the alter, or even the time her heart broke. This suggests that she felt that after her heart broke, her life stopped. Hence the stopped clock, and everything being just the way it was on the day she was supposed to be getting married. ...read more.

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save Scout and Jem), yet the people of Maycomb still gossip about him and treat him as a monster and his family still keep him isolated, which is like killing him, this is a bit like the famous saying "don't judge a book by its cover". The characters all talk about him thinking they know him and everything about him, yet in the end, all that we had heard about him doesn't seem true. This is like how Charles Dickens uses Miss Havisham to show that life is not worth sorrow and regret, as she dies lonely and unhappy, (more themes that are bought up with this character). After studying both characters I have found a number of similarities and differences. Overall Boo and Miss Havisham are alike in the sense that they are both isolated and their actions have consequences that change the children around them. Despite this Miss Havisham's actions seem to have a bad consequence on Estella and Pip, as oppose to this Boo's seem to have a good consequence on Scout and Jem. I now conclude that Charles Dickens portrayal of Miss Havisham is much stronger than Lee Harper's portrayal of Boo, as everything around Miss Havisham seems to be a reflection of her inner self. We learn things about Miss Havisham through her surroundings, unlike Boo who we learn more about through his actions. ...read more.

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