To Kill A Mockingbird The 1900's South Analysis

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The 1900’s South
Imagine your typical day to day life. Imagine the dull familiarity of it, the repetitive task of simply living. Now imagine how different it would be… if you, instead of living in the new and shiny present, were living in the old, worn-down 1900’s American South. In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, the story centers around the experiences and memories of a little girl named “Scout” Jean Louise Finch who lives in a small southern town called Maycomb County. In this story, Scout explores her childhood, by having fun in the sun, making new friends, and spending time with her brother “Jem” Jeremy Finch. She was living a typical and peaceful life, until it one day, that peace was shattered. It was on this day, that Scout’s
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When Jem and Scout learned that Bob Ewell threatened Atticus, they become frightened. They said “We’re scared for you” (Lee 292). This clearly describes what is going on in their minds at this moment. Instead of the parent worrying about their child’s safety, it’s the children who worries about their parents safety. And this proves that Jem and Scout have lost a piece of their childhood. Children like them should have no business worrying about anything. That’s their parent’s job. They should be carefree, and be having fun, making the most of their precious time, not spending it worrying over something they have no control over. Because they are just children. No matter how smart, how mature they are, they are still children. And that, is precious. This is proven in an excerpt from a Nation Geographic article about slave trafficking by Andrew Cockburn, it reveals what the slaves go through. One woman, named Victoria, said “She began when she was 17…[she] was handed over to a group of Serb men… who led her on foot to Serbia and raped her… then sent her under guard to Bosnia” (Cockburn). This relates to Scout and the novel, because, like Scout, Victoria missed out on her childhood, and she too, had to deal with the pain of prematurely growing up. Instead of being able to find a job, hang out with friends, and lead a love life, she was forced into sexual slavery. She never got a chance to experience the everyday things the average person takes for granted. At the end of the day, she lost everything, and she’ll never be able to get it back. At the end of the novel, after she was attacked by Bob Ewell, and being saved by Arthur “Boo” Radley, Atticus asked Scout a very important question. He asked: “Scout… Mr. Ewell fell on his knife. Can you possibly understand?” In which Scout answers “Yes sir, I understand… Mr. Tate was right” (Lee 370). This shows that Scout is able to fully understand the
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