Alex Ferdinand December 3, 2015 To kill a mockingbird is a novel to talks about all different kind of stereotypes. The book takes place in the 30’s during the great depression and the author uses a young girl's perspective to show how these stereotypes are used so often and how terrible there were. Themes such as racism and sexism are portrayed by the author in creative ways. To kill a mockingbird is very much still relevant to today's society in a rascism point of view. The reason to kill a Mockingbird is relevant today is because of the growing revival of racism in our country.
In the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” Harper Lee shows many examples of how characters can be differentiated in ways that distinguish as well as dictate their behavior. The town of Maycomb seemed to have many expectations of its citizens based on stereotypes. Maycomb was judgmental and inflexible in its views, trying to be something that it was not. In this world, no one lives a life without stereotypes, which is why Lee focuses heavily on this idea throughout the book. Three main characters in “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Calpurnia, Scout, and Boo Radley, are great examples of characters who often fit into but sometimes do not adhere to the codes of expected behavior.
In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, the character Atticus Finch is different from the other men of Macomb in many ways. One major difference is him displaying positive qualities not seen in Macomb's other men. It can be argued that Atticus represents a new concept of masculinity because of his personal qualities. There two are qualities that strongly support this argument; Atticus is respectful to all people and he does not do the daily tasks that the other men do, although some people argue that his behavior is only because he is under pressure to set an example for his kids. Atticus one of the few respectful characters in To Kill A Mockingbird which sets him apart from the other Maycomb men.
When stereotyped characters are employed successfully in a novel, they can be very beneficial in achieving the author’s purpose. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, the author’s main purpose is to convey the societal norms of racism, ignorance depending on class, how innocence can be destroyed due to prejudice, and even sexism in the 1930s. Rhetorical devices can be used to create a connection to the reader and improve the flow of paragraphs. Harper Lee uses metaphor, ethos, logos, and the stereotyped characters of Tom Robinson, Scout Finch, Atticus Finch and the jury to help portray the societal normalities of the 1930s town of Maycomb, Alabama.
“‘Naw, Jem, I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks’” (Lee 259). On pages 258 and 259 of To Kill A Mockingbird, Jem mentions that he believes there are four different types of people. The ordinary kind, the kind like the Cunninghams, the kind like the Ewells, and the Negroes.
Firstly, one of the main differences that define us is our personality traits. People are told, especially in this society, that we are defined by who we are inside and our actions, which are based on our traits. In To Kill a Mockingbird, some people are honest, like Atticus, and some lie, like Bob Ewell. Polar opposites, they cannot be the same. It’s in their nature that they are who they are, and it is very hard for people to change how they are.
Who is the most important person to you in your life? Some people might say their significant other, or their best friend, or their children. But personally, and I believe for Scout and Jem, it is their mother. Or rather, at least in their case, their lack thereof. In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, we see a young girl, Scout, and her brother, Jem, try to navigate through their childhood in a small town in Alabama in the 1930s.
Harper Lee wrote a masterpiece called To Kill a Mockingbird. To Kill a Mockingbird is written from the perspective of a young girl named Scout. Throughout all of Scouts childhood she has had role models directing her. The role models truly did it to show love because they want what’s best for Scout. Some of the role models that interact with Scout in her small town is her dad Atticus, her neighbor Miss Maudie, and eventually she was able to develop a sense of what is morally right herself.
Mockingbirds In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, killing a mockingbird is considered committing a sin. Two men are considered metaphorical or figurative mockingbirds in the fact that they are considerate to others, but have something that puts them at a disadvantage to other people, these two men are Arthur, Boo, Radley and Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is at a bigger disadvantage because of how he was born, than what happened to him later in life. Tom has the disadvantage of being African American, in a racist town, and having a rubber like left hand, he was crippled on the left side.
Through To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee teaches us the righteousness of empathy. Harper Lee 's technique of writing and coinciding Christian beliefs weaved through emphasizes the importance of the story 's moral and themes. It is through Scout, the young dynamic and protagonist, that Lee opens the reader 's eyes to a realistic world of prejudice and inequality during the 1930s. Though introducing many characters throughout the novel, it is through Lee 's wise father character, Atticus Finch, that she further helps teach her readers life lessons, one being empathy. While narrating in first person, Lee further details her novel with the setting and use of style and diction.