In her novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Lee portrays prejudice as a contagious disease that infects Maycomb’s citizens through its numerous pathogens including sexism, classism, and racism. Lee sketches the pervasive influence of sexism, emphasizing how older woman fortify gender roles in the younger generation. According to Scout’s Aunt Alexandra, Scout should be a southern lady. This means Scout shouldn’t have opinions and must be seen and not heard. Aunt Alexandra reinforces the image of a southern lady when she scolds Scout saying, “What are you doing in those overalls?
In both the novel and the poem, “If”, virtue was a trait that Atticus Finch represented. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus had just accepted the call to defend an African American, and he was being targeted by his neighbors. One neighbor, named Mrs. Dubose, said, “Your father’s no better than the [blacks] and trash he works
Mockingbirds in Maycomb “Mockingbird don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird,” stated Miss Maudie. She enjoys mockingbirds and thinks they are nothing but sweet and kind creatures. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee takes place in Maycomb, Alabama during the great depression.
Respect is a hand, calling out, waving, waiting to be picked on to express its views on a topic. People look up to it, and admire its nobility and intelligence. The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is set during the time of the Great Depression and the Jim Crow laws, when black people and white people did not have the same rights as each other. The book is told in the point of view of Scout, a young girl whose father is a lawyer for a trial for Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is a black man who was accused of raping a young white girl, Mayella Ewell.
This essay will primarily focus on the criminal justice area of this when discussing the Scottsboro trials and comparing the trials to the famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird. In some schools, To Kill a Mockingbird is mandatory for students to read (“Harper Lee dies at 89: A quiet life, a lasting legacy-- see the photos” 2) however, in others it is banned. Jon Stewart said there is a “gaping racial wound that will not heal, yet we pretend doesn’t exist” (Judith 2). There are similarities between the famous Scottsboro Trials and Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. THE SCOTTSBORO TRIALS There were nine African American teenagers aboard a freight train during March of 1931 in Jackson County, Alabama (Alex 1).
Pure Injustice William Goodwin once said “No man knows the value of innocence and integrity but he who has lost them.” In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout Finch, a young girl, lives with her brother Jem and her father Atticus, a prominent lawyer, in the town of Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression. Due to Atticus’ high moral standards, he feels obligated to take on a case where he defends Tom Robinson, an African American. Robinson is being wrongfully accused of raping Mayella Ewell, who is part of the most disgraced family in the town. Throughout the book, the Finch children realize the extreme prejudice and social inequality of Maycomb. Harper Lee develops the metaphor of a mockingbird to illustrate how people who defy social norms are critiqued, misconstrued, and discriminated against by others.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point… until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it ” (Lee 39). To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a story about equality, whether that be in gender, race, age, or social standard. A story that shows growth and understanding within the characters of problems that still take effect till this day. This story is set during the Great Depression, in the small, quiet southern town of Maycomb, Alabama. A place where people resent blacks and are judged upon their status quo or family history.
About 20,000 innocent people in the U.S. are in prison for crimes they didn’t commit, according to the Huffington Post. This fact is relates to the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, where readers follow the main character, Scout, as she endeavors to understand her cryptic, Southern-Alabaman community. More specifically, the notorious trial of Tom Robinson, a local black man who has been accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a young white woman. Although Judge Taylor specifically appointed Atticus to represent Tom, the trial was unfair because the jury ignored the concrete evidence presented by the defense. The witnesses in the trial presented convoluted versions of what happened the night of November twenty-first, the night that Tom
In the end, the nine men were sentenced to lengthy prison time. Many lawyers and American citizens claimed that the suspected motivation for the result of the case was racial prejudice. This case from Lee’s childhood drove her to create To Kill a Mockingbird. Her innocence when hearing about the rape case influenced how she portrays Scout 's innocence regarding the racial injustice and the court case in the novel. By using first person point of view as well as symbolism, Lee explains how important childlike innocence and moral upbringing are to a child and how it can shape one’s life.
“To kill a Mockingbird” written by Harper Lee is set at a small town named Maycomb in Alabama, in the mid-1930s. The community of Maycomb is of mixed ethnicity and like most places of that time the white people believe they were the dominant race. The book has been written by Harper Lee on July 6th 1960 and the book is seen through the eyes of two children, Jem and Scout who are growing up at the time of the great depression and live in this society. As Jem gets older he becomes conscious of the fact that this community, where he lives in and the adults who are surrounded by him are not always correct and this makes him feel lost as he grows up and matures throughout the course of this beautiful book written by Harper Lee. In the novel several