How do To Kill a Mockingbird and Romeo And Juliet convey the authors' messages?    Give examples :)

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The author’s message is the point an author is trying to make with a story.  These two stories do have some things in common.  Both of them are about injustices.  In each case, the author seeks to explore how injustice affects a character.  The characters fight back, and neither willingly accepts the injustice.  The authors’ message is that it is our responsibility to change things we know are wrong.

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout experiences racism for the first time.  Although she grew up in the South, she really had no concept of class or race.  The Tom Robinson trial really opened her eyes.  Yet Scout did not accept racism as a fact of life.  She will grow up to treat people based on their character, not their race or other outward qualities (like scariness, in Boo’s case).  She learns not to judge others, and accept others’ judgements.

Romeo and Juliet might seem like a completely different message at first glance.  Consider Juliet, like Scout, as a sheltered young girl.  She has grown up, like Scout, surrounded by hate.  She knows that her family, the Capulets, hates the Montegue family.  This does not mean anything to her until she meets and falls in love with Romeo.  She decides to run away with him.  She refuses to accept the status quo, and ultimately she contributes to change.  Her death ends the feud.



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