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North and South charts a gradual decline in prejudice between places and people. Discuss with close reference to the novel as a whole.

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North and South charts a gradual decline in prejudice between places and people. Discuss with close reference to the novel as a whole. Through her characterizations of the two main characters in Margaret Hale and John Thornton, Elizabeth Gaskell develops a transition from prejudice to love. She reveals their inner most thoughts through an omniscient third person narrative to allow the audience to empathise with their feelings. The Characters develop through dialogue because they dispute over the North and South divide and try to distance themselves from each other. But despite their prejudices love prevails because of the actions of good will shown by Margaret, which John interprets to be feelings of love. The audience is satisfied that they have found a general cause which is sufficient to counteract the forms of prejudice depicted in the novel, and that cause is love. ...read more.

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Mrs Hale had a preliminary regard for the town which was confirmed upon seeing the gloom of the town. "You can't think the smoky air of a manufacturing town, all chimneys and dirt like Milton-Northern, would be better than this air, which is pure and sweet..." Margaret detests the cultural aspects of Milton; she does not like the wallpaper or the architecture. The people in the town would make, "loud laughs and jests, particularly aimed at all those who appeared to be above them in rank or station", Margaret has been alienated by the attitude of the townsfolk, and there is that element of prejudice because they can see by the way she dresses she is not of their class. ...read more.

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of Helstone to the industrial Milton because as a minister of the Church of England Mr Hale had, had doubts about his position and decided to become a teacher. In her criticism she exclaims, "What in the world do manufacturers want with the classics, or literature, or the accomplishments of a gentleman? Mrs Thornton illustrates that Northern culture may not be as well acquainted to intellectual progression, but they deserve recognition for their hard work, "Classics may do very well for men who loiter away their lives in the country or in colleges; but Milton men ought to have their thoughts and powers absorbed in the works of today". Margaret is still naive to Northern life and cannot contemplate that one may wish to channel energy to only one objective in life. Mrs Thornton also takes a dislike to Margaret ...read more.

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