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To Kill A Mocking Bird' and Silas Marner' are stories with a moral. Compare and contrast what the protagonists learn morally and the manner in which they learn it.

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To Kill A Mocking Bird' and Silas Marner' are stories with a moral. Compare and contrast what the protagonists learn morally and the manner in which they learn it. In both novels there is a moral to the story which both protagonists, Scout Finch and Silas Marner learn by different means. In 'To Kill a Mocking Bird' Scout learns about the injustice of discrimination and judgement, to tolerate differences and views and to value people. She learns this through the events in Maycomb involving the Tom Robinson case and through the liberal upbringing of her Father Atticus. In 'Silas Marner' Silas unlearns the lesson of mistrust and regains his love and trust towards people. This is all through the loss of his gold and the arrival of a child named Eppie into his life. The protagonist in the novel 'To Kill a Mocking Bird' is the narrator of the story, Scout, who is re-living her childhood memories through her eyes as a six year old girl. In Scout's account of her childhood we can acknowledge the morals in the story and the way in which she learns them. Scout witnesses the prejudice and acts of discrimination by people in the society around her in Maycomb County. To be prejudice against someone means to treat a person badly or unfairly, usually because of their race but on a smaller scale the children unfairly judge Boo and Mr Raymond. ...read more.

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'And every added guinea, while it was itself a satisfaction, bred a new desire.' His life was his money and Silas' happiness consisted of the evenings when he would count his guineas alone in his cottage. This man once shut out from the world lived his own life of countless years with his only joy consisting of his guineas. Eppie opened his eyes to the world and slowly brought him back to reality. The coins he earned afterwards seemed irrelevant.' With Eppie, Silas' passion for his coins becomes part of his past along with his memories of Lantern Yard. 'He had been telling her how he used to count [his money] every night, and how his soul was utterly desolate till she was sent to him.' George Elliot is writing about a man who learns to become part of the world around him, to feel love and enjoy life through the love of a child. In 'To Kill a Mocking Bird' Scout learns that violence is not the answer to any problem. Scout uses her fists to stand up for herself and Atticus teaches tries to teach her that violence is not the solution. He tells her 'Try fighting with your head for a change.' Atticus teaches Scout to be at peace with her enemies, to be wiser than those who tease you or curse you. But to learn this Scout goes through the torment at school and fights until she learns to keep calm. ...read more.

Conclusion

Both 'To Kill a Mocking Bird' and 'Silas Marner' are stories with a moral. The protagonist in each book learns these morals but by different means. Silas learns the morals in his life about love and faith 'unlearning' mistrust by the arrival of Eppie. Through the love for Eppie and the love he receives in return he can forget about his past of betrayal and his goodness is reawakened by her. Silas was a lonely man with a focus on his money until Eppie made him regain his faith and religion. Silas Marner learns morally through the loss of his gold and the arrival of Eppie who opens him up to the world around him. Scout in 'To Kill a Mocking bird' learns morally through the event of the Tom Robinson case. Without a full understanding about discrimination she gets to experience and learn about the unjust ways in which black people were treated. Sticking up for her father in playground taunting she learns not to fight and she sees the consequences of violence of Mr Ewell's death. Scout begins to 'see' people as they really are and is able to understand better what causes pain and injustice in the world. Scout learns morally the wrongs of discrimination, violence and judging people. She learns this through court case and the liberal upbringing of her father Atticus. Each of the protagonists learns important morals which have affected their ways of thinking and viewing the world. This is through the understanding and influence of other people. ...read more.

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