To Kill A Mockingbird During The Great Depression

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Harper Lee is a famous American author. Lee grew up during the age of the economic crisis knows as The Great Depression. As she grows up her writing reflects her own life. Her famous novel To Kill A Mockingbird is a world-wide known book. In To Kill A Mockingbird, the setting takes place in Maycomb, Alabama during The Great Depression. Throughout the novel we are introduced to Maycomb and all the characters in it. The novel itself revolves around a trial between a white woman and a black man. During the trial we see different characters emotions as well as their true hearts. We find out who is truly a mockingbird. In her novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses Tom Robinson, Jem Finch, and Boo Radley to symbolize the human embodiment…show more content…
Jem Finch is the son of Atticus Finch, Tom Robinson’s lawyer. Jem sat in the courtroom with his little sister to hear the testimony of Mayella Ewell and Tom Robinson. While Tom was giving his testimony, Jem was soaking in everybit of it. Jem totally understands that Tom is innocent. After the judge decides that Tom is guilty Jem starts to cry tears of anger. Appalled. Jem says to Atticus, “How Could the do it? How could they?’’ (Lee 285). Jem is a mockingbird because he can realize that Tom did nothing wrong. Therefore when Jem recognizes Tom’s innocence he she light on his own, thus making him a mockingbird. When the trial is done Atticus receives threats from Bob Ewell, Mayella father. Furious, Bob tells Atticus that hell get him if its the last thing he does. Many nights later Jem and his little sister are walking alone through the night to a play. Suddenly Bob was on them with a knife and the intent to end both of their lives as a way to get back at Atticus. Fighting for his life, Jem wrestles with Bob but after crashing to the grund Jem’s arm breaks and he blacks out. Seconds later a mysterious man ends Bob life to save Jem and his little sister. Back at Jem’s home, Scout (Jem’s little sister) explains her view of the attack, “Then all of a sudden something’ grabbed me and smashed my costume….Jem found me..Mr.Ewell yanked him down, I reckon They tousled…show more content…
Growing up Jem and Scout they heard of a man named Boo Radley. They heard rumors about how Boo was a murderer and that he is locked up in the basement of his parents house. The Radley’s house was just few houses down from Jem and Scouts and being kids they were very curious. They created games, but out of those games held their true opinions of how they felt about Boo. Jem describes his image of Boo, “..Six and a half feet tall,....he dined on raw squirrels and cats he could catch, that 's why his hands are bloodstained-if ate an animal raw you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran down the side of his face: What teeth he had were yellow and rotten: his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time.”(Lee 16) Boo is judged like a monster even though Jem and Scout have actually seen him before. Boo is a mockingbird because he is treated like a monster even though he remains unseen. As the story goes on we get to meet our first encounter with Boo. Boo is the mysterious savior who killed Bob Ewell to save Jem and Scout. Boo Radley is far from a monster. After he saves them and takes them home Sheriff Heck Tate arrives. Heck Tate explains to them that they should tell everyone that Bob fell on his own knife instead of making Boo looking like a savior, but Atticus doesn 't understand. Sheriff Heck Tate explains, “Well it 's sort of like
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