In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, we see a young girl, Scout, and her brother, Jem, try to navigate through their childhood in a small town in Alabama in the 1930s. Their father, Atticus Finch, is a talented lawyer who sparks controversy often in the town with his progressive views, but there is a significant absence in their family, that being Scout and Jem 's mother, and Atticus’s wife. We learn early on in the book that their mother was a young woman of high standing who passed away due to a heart attack when Scout was two and Jem was six. Her death had a great effect on Jem, who is old enough to remember her, but Scout says it doesn’t hurt her as it does him. However, her absence has made her the Scout that we see in the book.
Jem, a mysterious, curious, and maturing brother to Scout, gets fascinated by what Atticus, his father, does for a living. Atticus is the lawyer of the town, and he is assigned a case that is backing up a black man, Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell, because of her and Bob Ewell, her father’s claims; although, he is indeed innocent, but since he is colored, he gets consequences. Scout and Jem, on the other hand, see just the very tip of what discrimination is throughout the 3 years of this book. Based on what is shown, they learn that even police officers, like Heck Tate, are stereotypes.
To Kill a Mockingbird is essentially a novel about growing up under remarkable circumstances in the 1930s in the Southern United States. The story covers a compass of three years, amid which the fundamental characters experience huge changes. Scout Finch lives with her sibling Jem and their dad Atticus in the invented town of Maycomb, Alabama. Maycomb is a little, affectionate town, and each family has its social station contingent upon where they live, who their guardians are, and to what extent their predecessors have lived in Maycomb. A widower, Atticus brings up his youngsters without anyone else, with the assistance of merciful neighbors and a dark maid named Calpurnia.
To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the small, rural town of Maycomb, Alabama, during the early 1930s. The character of Atticus Finch, Scout 's father, was based on Lee 's own father, a liberal Alabama lawyer and statesman who frequently defended African Americans within the racially prejudiced Southern legal system. Scout and her brother Jem are raised by their father and by Calpurnia, an African-American housekeeper who works for the family. Scout and Jem meet and befriend seven-year-old Dill Harris, a boy who has arrived in Maycomb to stay with his aunt for the summer. Lee has stated that the character of Dill is based on young Truman Capote, a well-known Southern writer and childhood friend.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird Jean “Scout” Louise Finch is greatly influenced by the world around her. The novel is written in the 1930’s in a time period of injustice, segregation, and the Great Depression. In Maycomb County, Scout lives with her brother, Jem, her father, Atticus, and their maid, Calpurnia. Atticus is a lawyer who is assigned a case to defend Tom Robinson, an African-American man, accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a 19 year old girl. Scout’s character traits are greatly influenced because of the trial and everything she learns from it.
Option 2 Literary Analysis To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a novel set during the 1930s in a small town in Southern Alabama called Maycomb. The story is told through the narrator, Scout, a young girl who lives with her father, a lawyer, and her older brother Jem. As a child, Scout is portrayed as a stubborn and obnoxious little girl who loves to read, play with her brother Jem, and fantasize about her mysterious neighbor, Boo Radley. However, her life gets turned upside down when Scout’s father agrees to do something that is deemed unacceptable in the south; he agrees to defend Tom Robinson, a black man who is accused of raping a white girl. Instantly, Atticus and his family go from being respected and beloved by their town, to being outcasted and despised.
Introduction: To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel written by Harper Lee in 1961 which depicts social problems such as prejudice and racism against African Americans in south of the United States in 1930’s. The protagonist in this story is Atticus Finch, a father of two children, a lawyer in Mayacomb city and a hero in defending an African American accused man against the wave of oppression and racism of the time. Atticus Finch characterization by Harper lee lets the reader fully immerse in the story which is told by his daughter, Scout, as the first person narrator. In this thesis we will examine Atticus Finch character as the main character of the novel to whether he is a “white savior” or not. For determining this matter we should carefully
Martin Luther King Jr exclaimed, “I have a dream that one day little black boys and girls will be holding hands with little white boys and girls.” In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee uses the character of Scout as a narrator, to express the story of her father, Atticus Finch, who defended Tom Robinson in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s. During the course of the book, Scout and Jem, Scout’s brother, learned crucial lessons from her dad, such as understanding people’s point of view and innocence. Even though separation according to race is encountered in To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee argues that race also shapes how people’s language, their social relationships and social status and their behavior between themselves because she wants to demonstrate that race also affects conduct between people. Harper Lee has depicted the separation between Caucasians and African-Americans in To Kill a Mockingbird by showcasing how White talk and African-American talk influences conduct between people of different races. For instance, when the children, Scout and Jem went to the church with Calpurnia, and they accessed the church.
EXTENDED ESSAY How are African American Characters portrayed in: To Kill A Mockingbird? TUSHAR MANEKLAL CANDIDATE # ENGLISH LITERATURE SUPERVISOR: MR. SHAWN SKINNER DATE: November 2014 WORD COUNT: 3739 Abstract This essay explores the portrayal of African American’s in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. It investigates the depiction of African Americans through the lens of different characters. It is clear that Lee condemns the behavior of white people in the South towards the blacks and urges the reader to look at the plight of the blacks through her two main characters, Scout and Atticus Finch. The character of Scout Finch is rather autobiographical giving us vision into Lee’s own childhood and upbringing.
The story takes place in the small Alabama town of Maycomb during the Great Depression. Jem, Scout, and their friend Dill become fascinated with their recluse neighbor Arthur Radley, nicknamed Boo, who has not been seen outside of his house for years. The children act out the story of Boo Radley from rumors they have heard. The children find gifts in a knothole of a tree on the Radley property and imagine that Boo left them. Other incidents lead the children to believe that Boo Radley may not be the evil person the rumors suggest.