To Kill A Mockingbird Analysis

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To Kill a Mockingbird was published right as the Civil Rights Movement peaked in the 1960s. Lee 's interest in the subject of civil injustices in the south began when she was just five years old. At the time, nine black men were on trial for raping two white women. This was a highly controversial and publicized trial. 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. Using the point of view of Scout, an elementary aged girl, Lee strengthened her idea of how childhood innocence and moral upbringing shape a person’s life. Atticus, Scout’s father, was a noble man who treated everyone with respect regardless of one’s age, race, gender, or social class. Atticus took on Tom Robinson’s case with grace and pride. Scout came home from school curious about the situation and Atticus openly replied to her concern with “I’m simply defending a Negro - his name is Tom Robinson,” (100). Because Scout did not know anything more than what Atticus showed

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