To Kill A Mockingbird Analysis

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To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that delves into the inner workings of Southern society in Maycomb County, an imaginary town that epitomizes the South in the twentieth century. Scout, an innocent and young but tomboyish girl, is directly exposed to the racial prejudices at the time as her father takes on trial of Tom Robinson, an African American who was charged of rape by the poverty-stricken Ewell family. As a result, Scout faces the reactions from the town and views the trial firsthand, leading her onward to maturation as she realizes how the biased society can’t truly provide justice. In her successful search for justice, her steady development leads to a loss of innocence from her initially naive perceptions, revealing her eventual acceptance of how morality can exist even in times of great corruption. Initially, before the trial has started, Scout encounters many instances in which she feels as if she is wronged by those around her. When she is whipped and embarrassed after failing to explain the Cunningham’s situation to Miss Caroline like Atticus did to her, she retaliates by hurting Walter, the source of her apparent issue, and “rubb[ed] his nose in the dirt” (Lee 30). Later, after Atticus has warned her about hearing derisive comments due to the trial, she still caved in after Francis repeatedly ridiculed her father by calling him “n*gger lover” (112). Her vengeance is due to her faith and loyalty in her family as she wants to keep the comfortable childhood she
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