TITLE: To Kill A Mockingbird
AUTHOR: Harper Lee
Date of Publication: 1960’s
“To Kill a mockingbird” by Harper Lee is set in the town of Maycomb, Alabama, in the middle of the Great Depression.The narrator, six-year-old Scout Finch, lives with her older brother Jem and their widowed father Atticus, a middle-aged lawyer. The three are terrified by, and fascinated with, their neighbor, the reclusive “Boo” Radley. Atticus is assigned to defend a black man named Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a young white woman. Although many of Maycomb’s people disapprove, Atticus agrees to defend Tom to the best of his ability.
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One of t he main characters in this novel is Scout. She has many experiences with the prejudices dealing with race, which will be carried with her through her later life. Scout is a young girl living throughout the Great Depression in the early 1930’s. Scout is a tomboy. Sometimes her brother criticizes her for "acting like a girl," other times he complains that she's not girlish enough. Dill wants to marry her, but that doesn't mean he wants to spend time with her. Many of the boys at school are intimidated by her physical strength, yet she is told she must learn to handle herself in a ladylike way. She hates school because in many ways it actually inhibits her learning. Her teacher is appalled that she already knows how to read, instead of celebrating that fact. She is bored waiting for the rest of the class to catch up to her skill level, and she doesn't have more than a passing respect for either of the teachers she describes in the story.
The most sympathy she can muster toward a frazzled Miss Caroline is to remark "Had her conduct been more friendly toward me, I would have felt sorry for her." And she is offended by Miss Gates' comments about African Americans after her staunch and moving support for the Jew's in Hitler's Europe.
In this novel she is shown to be both questioner and observer. she asks tough questions, because she is a child therefore is allowed. Scout learns many things from Atticus defending a black person and basically proving him guilty. The main lesson shows her that no matter what whether a person is black or white, they should be treated equally. She learns this because Atticus has no problem defending Tom Robinson and even proves him innocent, he just would not be found innocent because he is black.
Scout’s experiences of getting into trouble with Calpurnia, their cook, are shown in the author’s use of simile and humour “her (Calpurnia’s) hand was as wide as a bed slate and twice as hard.” This helps the reader to imagine Scout’s naughtiness and feel her pain and indignation at being spanked
The theme’s of the novel are the following; Prejudice, Innocence and Contrasts. Prejudice is one of...