Otherness In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The other in the civil rights movement as represented in literature in harper lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird The world is created out of oppositions, divisions and separations between the one and the Other. When people collide or meet, in that sense, in the meeting between different cultural backgrounds they tend to define the others by defining themselves. Jacque Derrida puts it in his essay Archive Fever: Freudian Impressions “every Other is every other Other, is altogether Other “(p.77). Alternatively, as Harper lee sets it clearly in her novel To Kill a Mockingbird “you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in It” (p.32)
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Othering is due less to the dissimilarity of the other than to the point of view of the person who perceives the Other as such. In this context, Otherness is defined as the unknown, as the opposite to oneself or as the outsider marked by outward signs like race and gender. As such, Otherness has also been associated with marginalized people, those who by their difference from the leading group, have been rejected, casted-away and robbed of their voice in the social, religious, and political…show more content…
Hegel’s study is rich and difficult, reaching over the whole area of likely experience; but in order to show his important insights into the theme of “self and other” one should focus on his portrayal of the nature of the self-consciousness. Hegel sees the coordination between the Self and the Other as a struggle for acknowledgement, not an assumed harmony of persons mutually acknowledging each other or a harmony grounded on pre-established metaphysical conditions, the self needs this confrontation with the Other in order to achieve a certain sense of freedom and responsibility. In Hegel’s account, fully understanding what is at stake in his statements, it is crucial to explore more closely to the dialectical transformations that lead to the reaction to the self-consciousness as the necessary link of an inter-subjective relation. “Self-consciousness can only achieve its satisfaction in another

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