Theme Of Cruelty In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, cruelty comes up again and again as a central theme and driving force in the plot. The novel takes place during the Great Depression, a time period where segregation is the norm, and cruelty is commonplace. The main character, Scout, grows up seeing all of this, and questions it. She watched racism take place around her, and grew up throughout the course of the novel, and found that even though the events that transpired were unpleasant, they made her a better person. “To Kill a Mockingbird” was set in the Great Depression. During the Great Depression money was hard to come by, and with racism still lingering people were not the kindest. In the novel Scout’s father, Atticus, was a lawyer.
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