In the book, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee, the author writes about what happens in the small southern town of Maycomb, in Alabama. Lee uses the influence of belief in traditions such as roles and family bonds to show that they are causes of conflict. Throughout the book, roles such as gender, age, race, and family confines characters to act, look, and even speak certain ways, causing internal, external, and family conflicts. This theme that different types of roles and family bonds are the root of conflict is developed through the use of physical setting, anti stereotype, and historical setting The author shows that Scout faces external conflicts caused by the pressure to fit into the stereotypical gender roles accustomed to girls at this time in history. Lee uses anti stereotype to emphasize this.
Morals and values often control one’s choices, and sometimes these decisions affect someone’s entire life. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a prime example of the importance of morals. During the 1930s in the southern town of Maycomb, Alabama, a non-racist, white lawyer, Atticus Finch, passes on his beliefs to his children, and they use his teachings to overcome challenges in their life. Atticus’s children’s, Jem and Scout, first encounter with an obstacle is when Atticus is tasked with defending an African American in court against a racist man named Bob Ewell that falsely accuses him of raping his daughter. As a result, members of their community, specifically an elderly woman named Mrs. Dubose, become angry at Atticus, and Bob Ewell even tries to murder Atticus’s children.
This novel captures the readers’ hearts through Emma’s amorous, amusing life adventure. Emma structures around a number of themes. One of the main themes being recently consummated or anticipated marriages. Emma finds that Mr. Martin had written a letter of proposal to Harriet. Upon reading the letter together and discussing that Harriet should reject the proposal, Emma says, “A woman is not to marry a man merely because she is asked, or because he is attached to her, and can write a tolerable letter.” (75).
It was difficult to watch the parents struggle, and it frustrated me that there was no discipline or punishment whatsoever; every one of the parents’ responses were passive. I thought it was very interesting to see how Child A’s sister was calm when she first came in with the parents, but as soon as they sat down and Child A began getting rowdy, she followed his every move. Unless the parents change their way of teaching, Child A would not be a great role model for his sister to follow. His loud and disruptive behavior is a definite example of the external behavior, and it would not surprise me if the child grew up to be very aggressive and possibly violent. As I watched the family, it reminded me greatly of that clip you linked in our module about the Supernanny.
“You might hear some ugly talk about it at school, but do one thing for me just hold your head high and keep those fists down. Try fighting with your head for a change.” In other words Atticus, Scout’s father is telling her not to worry or care what people think but to not use violence to fight back to use her head and ignore them to keep her head high. Scout learns that instead of making her life hard and hurtful listening to people insult her father, to just ignore the people’s opinion. The motif in the chapter it shows us that Scout doesn’t need her fists to defend her family. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee used conflict, character, and motif to convey the theme of people often defend their family’s honor, through violence.
A Thousand Splendid Suns is about the childhood and womanhood of two different, yet very similar women named Mariam and Laila. The book starts off by introducing Mariam in the way she is viewed by her mother, Nana, who is the only person she resides with. Due to a traumatic event, Mariam is forced to go live with her father. Her father is completely used to setting her as a second priority, which is a significant component to the maturation of Mariam. Without hesitation, Mariam’s father, Jalil, urges her to get married to a random shoemaker named Rasheed.
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.
Also, Scout her brother, and cousin are trying to figure out who Boo Radley is. This is an important part of them growing up. This is significance to read because the novel shows how we not supposed to be racist and treat others with respect. That is what Atticus is trying to show Scout and Jem throughout the book. Harper Lee 's personal life connects greatly to her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird.
Tom, Boo, Scout, Jem, even Mayella could be symbolized as mockingbirds. Atticus even said in the book “‘it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird’” (119). Another symbol is the Radley tree. This tree symbolizes the relationship between Boo Radley and the kids. Boo would place gifts for the kids throughout the year.
Unlike my father, my mother is very strict. When I was a teenager, my mother would punish me for simple mistakes. I remember her spanking my brothers and me for not cleaning the dishes well. One the other hand my father do not believe in spanking children. As a child, I loved going to my father’s house for the weekend; he would let me get away with being disobedient.