Paternalism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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"To Kill a Mockingbird" which was written in the year 1960 is widely seen as novel which pushed several boundaries. the portrayal of racial relations at the time of the battle for integration and equal rights, is one that stunned its readers. The book itself being written in the 1960 's yet conveying ideas in the 1920 's, in itself leaves many questions to be asked. The book made headlines in 1993 due to the fact that the government were pushing for censorship of the novel in school due to "stereotyping" of African Americans. "Eric Sundquist believes that "To Kill a Mockingbird" can be read as an allegory of the historical moment of its publication, moving back in time, in order to reflect, from a safe distance, upon the anxieties and racial tensions from the growing momentum of the Civil Rights Movement* and the 1954 court decision of Brown v Board of Education* One can interpret the narration of Atticus ' daughter in such a way that she is the "future hope" of society to move away from a close minded society of racial inequality and unjust penalties. Atticus being the main protagonist in the book, embodies lawyerly paternalism, the novel works around the fact that Atticus wishes to teach his children the lessons of life, be it that all actions may not always have just consequences. He embodies the spirit of these teachings through these words: "Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, But remember, it 's a sin to kill a Mockingbird" We

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