During those times, anybody with even a slight hint of a weakness was a victim to prejudice. Candy, Crooks; Curley’s wife. That fact that you were old, disabled, black or even just a woman was your ‘weakness’. It started a long path of hate, lies, deceit and sadness. But in some points in the novella, Steinbeck twists aspects of the Great Depression, and morphs them into similar yet impactful versions of his own.
What is the importance of the character of Mrs Dubose in ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’? In To Kill A Mockingbird, Mrs Dubose is shown to have the same narrow mindset as the majority of the town. This can be seen when Mrs Dubose is on her porch and ranting to Jem and Scout about how from the towns perspective, Atticus is seen negatively. “‘Your father’s no better than the niggers and trash he works for’” The superior tone used shows how Mrs Dubose thinks that Atticus truly is not worth anything, because of how he treats black people differently. Mrs Dubose displays the towns narrow mindset through her racist and misogynistic ideology, she is seen to have an acid tongue and uses this to criticise everyone who does not think the same way as her.
The Mockingbird 's Songs “Mockingbirds don 't do one thing except make music for us to enjoy.” These famous words come from the equally famous work of literature, How to Kill a Mockingbird. The book is about a young girl, Scout, and her family who live in the racist southern town of Maycomb during the Great Depression. Scout grows up oblivious to much of the injustice around her and fascinated by the reclusive societal outcast Boo Radley. The book uses the mockingbird as a powerful symbol of innocence and is portrayed through several people and concepts. Perhaps the most compelling evidence of the mockingbird 's symbol of innocence is the character of Tom Robinson.
In the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, cruelty comes up again and again as a central theme and driving force in the plot. The novel takes place during the Great Depression, a time period where segregation is the norm, and cruelty is commonplace. The main character, Scout, grows up seeing all of this, and questions it. She watched racism take place around her, and grew up throughout the course of the novel, and found that even though the events that transpired were unpleasant, they made her a better person. “To Kill a Mockingbird” was set in the Great Depression.
This also gives hindsight into the poor lives of the people of the time period. An onomatopoeia is when the sound mimics the action. “Punk, punk, punk her needle broke the taut circle” (156.) Scout was describing what her aunt was doing – sewing. Scout was describing the Radley household and the existence of the mysterious Boo Radley.
In the short story “Marigolds”, by Eugenia W. Collier, the marigolds, which symbolize hope, convey the theme that everything isn’t always easy but don’t give up hope and keep trying. The setting of the story takes place in a poor Maryland city during the Great Depression. Lizabeth is trying to find out who she is when her parents have a loud conversation about their problems, causing Lizabeth to go destroy Miss Lottie’s marrigolds. In the beginning, Lizabeth says how she feels about the marrigolds: “For some peverse reason, we children hated those marigolds. They interfered with the perfect ugliness of the place; they were too beautiful; they did not make sense.” This portrays the idea that everything was awful during this time, and she didn’t
In this novel, dust is a symbol representing the poor and desolate. When Myrtle dies, her blood is united “with the dust” (137, ch. 7), signifying how dissatisfying her life was. By describing her blood as being combined with the dust, she herself is also metaphorically combined with the despair which the dust represents. She is physically coated in the laborious, middle class life she lives.
Broken souls, forgotten and abused, tend to pull the most empathy-that is- if anyone cares to try and understand. The theme of Southern Gothic illustrates moral and social conflict in the south. In Harper Lee’s, To Kill a Mockingbird, our narrator, Scout, takes us on a journey through her life during a difficult time in the 1930’s, the Great Depression. On her journey, she meets some fun characters and some scary ones as well. We are shown the conflicts between characters and how they learn to adapt to new hurdles.
Genogram and Ecomap Reflection Paper The story of my family laid out on paper with either scribbly lines or straight lines, symbols that represent death or sickness is beautiful and sad at the same time. Family is a complicated thing. It shapes us in so many ways, the patterns I was able to see on my genogram were interesting. The women on my mother’s side of the family have dealt with depression for generations. I only heard stories but my mother’s grandmother on her mother’s side was a cold and numb woman, especially cold mother, no affection was giving towards my grandmother which laid the foundation for how my grandmother would raise my mother and her two sisters, which eventually trickle down to me and how I handled the responsibility of motherhood.
‘Heartbreak, hatred blind’, ‘crimes that shame mankind’, ‘brutal wrongs and deeds malign’, ‘rape and murder’ are terms that show the loss of ancestral lands, massacre of a tribe, annihilation of individuals and the removal of children from their families and makes you sympathise with the way they were treated. The use of the rhyme scheme softens the seriousness of the prejudice and racism of the past. The rhyming occurs at the end of each sentence, for example, ‘ascendance’ ‘dependence’, ‘self-reliance’, ‘compliance.’ Thus creating a feel of a musical lulling, like a mother reading a lullaby to her child. All of these aesthetic features combined strongly challenge the dominant ideaology of Russell wards description of the typical