Harper Lee uses a motif, mocking birds, in most of the main characters to explore the theme of prejudice. She also uses characterisation to show the contrast of how it affects all of the characters in the novel to “To Kill A Mocking Bird”.
The Finches- Atticus, Jem and Scout- are all mocking birds. The name Finch suggests this.
Atticus was Harper Lee’s ideal man his only fault was that he was too idealistic. Atticus didn’t see any place for prejudice of any kind. He defended a blackman Tom Robinson in a case that he knew would be very difficult to win and could totally change his life. Atticus was brave in doing this. He was “nigger lover” by several people but just took it in ...view middle of the document...
“Scout you can be Mrs Radley”. They didn’t understand about prejudice but Atticus taught her later to be nice to everybody like he was “I do my best to love everybody” and “You shouldn’t call them niggers you should call them Negros”
Calpurnia also influenced Scout. She was taught that politeness should be shown to all people even if their manner differ from yours “Don’t matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house yo’ comp’ny, and don’t let me catch you remarkin’ on other ways like you so high and mighty!”
Scout was a tomboy. She got into a few fights because she was defending what she thought was right. She fought her cousin because he said Atticus as a nigger lover” I guess it ain’t your fault if Uncle Atticus is a nigger lover, but I’m here to tell you it certainly does mortify the rest of the family.” To this Scout responded by jumping on him and fighting him “It was easy to collar Francis” Aunt Alexandra was sexist and constantly criticised the way Scout talked, dressed and acted “It’s time you started being a girl and acting right.”
Scout was polite to everybody and very honest but still spoke a little slang. She told a group of ladies that her breeches were under her dress “under my dress.”
Scout was able to make friends with almost anyone and was very loving towards her brother. She befriended Walter Cunningham. This was a shock to Aunt Alexandra and she didn’t want Scout to see him “Because-he-is-trash that’s why you can’t play with him, picking up his bad habits and Lord-knows-what!” Scout worshiped Jem and was very up set when he was knocked out unconscious “Auntie, is Jem dead?”
Scout was clever and wanted others to know about people like the Cunninghams. She tried explaining to her teacher but, but her teacher thought this stereotyping was offensive “Walters one of the Cunninghams, Miss Caroline.”
All scouts teachings helped her to...