Theme Of Bildungsroman In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird
“To kill a Mockingbird” is a novel in which Harper Lee, the author, presents forth various themes among them the unheard theme of social molarity. Harper dramatically uses a distinctive language through Scout, who is the narrator of the story to bring out the difficulties faced by children living in the southern Alabama town of Maycomb. Harper has dramatically displayed use of bildungsroman throughout the story; this helped to give the story a unique touch of a child’s view to bring out a different type of humor and wit. It has also used to develop and thrive the theme of morality in the society. Scout, being a child, she thinks the society is
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In To Kill a Mockingbird, there is a clear but complicated social hierarchy; the Finches are on the top basically because they are learned and they tend to believe they are better than everybody else. Following below the Finches we have the Townsend citizens followed by the county farmers and finally trailing from behind the black community who despite having all it takes to be on the top have been marginalized at the end due to their skin color. This hierarchy enables Bob Ewell to come up with a case against Tom, who despite being innocent gets punished. This social hierarchy and rot builds up to a deadly and poisonous adult life that Scout and other children will be forces to live and live up to. Despite Scout’s tender age she understands that everyone deserves fair treatments no matter where they come from. It’s the same reason that forces Aunt Alexandra to reprimand her warning her that no Finch girl should interact and even consort with the Cunningham when she innocently wants to spend more time with Walter Cunningham. This social set up frustrates her efforts to make friends of her own and also choosing who spend time
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