To Kill A Mockingbird Analysis

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Set in rural Alabama in the 1930s, To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee, focuses on the events experienced and seen through the eyes of a young girl growing up in Maycomb County, a seemingly sleepy town. Meanwhile, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part- Time Indian written by Sherman Alexie, concentrates on an adolescent boy’s experiences as a Native American living in a reservation during the early 2000s. Although the two award winning books seem to differ entirely with time period and personality of characters, it is apparent that these two books share similar concepts about community and how individualism impacts the whole. The similar idea shared between the two books is first cultivated in To Kill a Mockingbird when the readers learn that although Miss Maudie, a powerful, female role model to Scout, loves everything God has created, she hates a type of weed called nutgrass. ‘If she found a blade of nutgrass in her yard… she swooped down upon it with a tin tub and subjected it to blasts from beneath with a poisonous substance’ (Lee 42). She states that ‘“one spring of nutgrass can ruin a whole yard… When it comes fall this dries up and the wind blows it all over Maycomb County!”’ (Lee 42). The nutgrass weed is a metaphor pertaining the fact that beliefs of one character in a community clearly affects the community 's norms and ideas as a whole. To Kill a Mockingbird and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part- Time Indian embodies the idea that ‘One spring of

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