Controversy In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Controversy will always be woven into society. Yet, controversy would not be a problem if everyone did not have different opinions. " People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for" (Harper lee). Harper Lee wrote To Kill a Mockingbird as a social commentary, so that we could learn life lessons about what used to happen to and so that it does not happen again. This is one of the most taught pieces of literature to students, because of all of the controversy and to make sure that students learn from the horrid mistakes of the past. Lee 's To Kill a Mockingbird captures many themes, but the most influential deal with prejudice, courage, and growing up.

Atticus defines courage as "when you know you 're licked
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Racism and discrimination takes a big part in this novel with the town people and the black people. This book was written in the time of the great depression in the 1960s, which was a huge deal when this book was first published because it was so influential to so many people. During this book there was a social structure of 5 different categories, such as, the Finches, Cunninghams, Ewells, blacks, whites, and lastly the mixed. An example of discrimination against women in this novel would be with Aunt Alexandra and how she fits in with the other women and has a husband, and does what women back then were suppose to do. But Miss Maudi who believed she could take care of herself, and didn 't need a man in her life to do so for her; however, both women are equal with all the same rights, they just have different views as women.

In conclusion, there were many themes in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird; however, these were the three that popped out to me more than the others. Overall, this novel discussed many issues our society has had in the past, and how they handled it as a community. This also pointed out how hard life was as this time in history and how during these times how human society reacted to this, and all evolve around the main themes. Courage, growing up, and racism all evolve around the decisions people made and how other people reacted to
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