Critical Analysis Of "To Kill A Mockingbird"

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Task 2: Critical Analysis
Ngien Sing Jier
For this semester, we are analysing a novel entitled ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ written by Harper Lee. I find this novel very meaningful and interesting to read as well. After reading and analysing the novel a few times along with the teachings of my lecturer, I can differentiate the story told from different perspectives, parts when Scout was young and parts when she was an adult. It is about the life and happenings in Maycomb County. The story is told in the first person point of view whereby Scout as the narrator, is a character in the story who tells us everything she has experienced. She can reveal only personal thoughts and feelings and what she ...view middle of the document...

Jem mentioned, “The thing about it is, our kind of folks don’t like the Cunninghams, the Cunninghams don’t like the Ewells, and the Ewells hate and despise the coloured folks.” showing to us that there are several discrimination in Maycomb County even among the White themselves. Prominently, Arthur Radley who was known as Boo, was a local legend. He was discriminated because of bad reputation after he caused a public disturbance because he has mixed with the wrong group of friends. People, especially young children have wrong opinions on Boo and this is proven when Jem gave a description of Boo, “Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained – if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time.” Boo was being described as such because he was never seen after the public disturbance. Jem later understood why Boo stayed shut up in the house by saying, “…I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time…it’s because he wants to stay inside.” Scout wants to invite Walter Cunningham home to dinner and play with him despite him being poor and dirty. Aunt Alexandra has forbidden her to do so by criticising Walter. The quotes are “…But they’re not our kind of folks.”, “The thing is, you can scrub Walter Cunningham till he shines, you can put him in shoes and a new suit, but he’ll never be like Jem. Besides, there’s a drinking streak in that family a mile wide…”, and “Because – he – is – trash, that’s why you can’t play with him. I’ll not have you around him, picking up his habits and learning Lord-knows-what...”

Judge Taylor has appointed Atticus to be the lawyer for Tom Robinson during the trial and he was willing to do so. Atticus explained to Scout and Jem the true facts of life regarding the discrimination present in the society in order to prepare them to face it. “…There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads – they couldn’t be fair if they tried. In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins. They’re ugly, but those are the facts of life.” shows that discrimination against people results in people being treated unfairly even though they did nothing wrong. The main event which is triggering in this novel is Tom Robinson’s trial as he was charged for raping Mayella Ewell. The theme of racial discrimination is also shown abundantly after the trial started. In the courtroom, there were two distinct seating areas to separate the Blacks and Whites and the quote proving this is “The Coloured balcony ran along three walls of the courtroom like a second-story veranda, and from it we could see everything.” The discrimination against Tom Robinson was proven strongly by the quote...

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