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Compare the presentation of two male characters, one from "Wuthering Heights" by 'Emily Bront' and one from "To Kill a Mockingbird" by 'Harper Lee'

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"Wuthering Heights" and "To Kill a Mockingbird" Compare the presentation of two male characters, one from "Wuthering Heights" by 'Emily Bront�' and one from "To Kill a Mockingbird" by 'Harper Lee' Pay close attention to their roles as outsiders. Remember to compare the similarities and differences between them. Show your knowledge of both texts. Use quotations to support points you make. Show knowledge of the life and times that each author is writing in. Show what you understood the term "outsider" to mean. In this essay I plan to explore the presentation of outsiders within the novels "Wuthering Heights" and "To Kill a Mockingbird". I aim to research the life and times of each author. Outsider - someone that is not accepted as part of a group. According to the dictionary "Outsider, (noun). Someone who does not belong to a particular group" In "Wuthering Heights" 'Heathcliff' is a known outsider, his family know him yet he is outcast. Heathcliff is brought into the family after a visit by 'Mr. Earnshaw' to Liverpool. He is adopted, which would put strain onto any family relationship anyway. He is treated like a slave. Heathcliff has no surname, even though he has been adopted. He is merely known as 'Mr. Heathcliff'. "Wuthering Heights" is a small community, isolated but rugged. ...read more.

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Radley'. He is a white man who got into trouble. Everyone in Maycomb knows the gossip, but nobody knows the real 'Boo'. The name "Boo" came about from 'Miss. Stephanie Crawford' (the local gossip) because he was so ghost like when staring in at her window during the night, there is nothing to say whether this is true or not but still the name stuck. Boo was treated as an outsider, because he got in with the wrong crowd and rather than be sent to prison or a reform school, his father 'Mr. Radley' kept him at home, for twenty five years. Mr. Radley was a very particular man, leaving for town at the same time ach day and returning at the same time too. The Radley's weren't like the other families in Maycomb; they didn't go to church or go for Sunday tea at the neighbour's houses. They kept themselves to themselves. The Radley family were out casting the rest of the community from their private lives. They never bothered anybody on purpose and kept their lives secret. It was a rumour that Boo stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors whilst cutting a newspaper for scraps. This was a true rumour, but never the less was spread by Miss. Stephanie Crawford. Unlike Heathcliff in "Wuthering Heights" nobody really knew the real Boo or his family. ...read more.

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There are two families in "Wuthering Heights", The Earnshaws and The Lintons; both are still some distance from each other. Both of the characters' names reflect them. Boo, because he is ghostly, unsociable and isolated. Heathcliff reflects his stormy nature and his surroundings in the moors. Throughout each novel both characters change, Boo at the start is feared and unknown, whereas by the end of the book he comes out and is gentle and scared, unsure and curios "Every move he made was uncertain, as if he were not sure his hands and feet could make proper contact with the things he touched." However it is not Boo that changes, but the communities ideas of him. Heathcliff at the start of the book is unknown, fiery and somewhat hardened, as he leaves for a while and comes back a new man, "A half-civilised ferocity lurked yet in the depressed brows and eyes full of black fire, but it was subdued; and his was even dignified, quite divested of roughness though too stern for grace." Yet the old Heathcliff still lurked in there, vengeful thoughts and evil plans still loomed. Heathcliff still had his revenge to take out. We start to understand the characters more as the books progress. Both characters are stereotyped, Boo as being evil and a trouble maker, just because of his youth; Heathcliff as being stupid and weak. Heathcliff has a major advantage over Boo, he can escape, Boo cannot. Emma Jamelskyj 11ea ...read more.

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