Introduction First published in 1957, Sonny’s Blues written by James Baldwin is a prose of two brothers. Sonny, the younger one, is a rebellious jazz musician who turns out to be a drug abuser, while the narrator, the elder brother, is a conservative mathematics teacher in Harlem. He, the narrator, refuses to understand Sonny whose life is distorted by imprisonment. In this way, Baldwin developed the major topic of music, the cornerstone of African American culture, alongside with the themes of brotherhood and salvation. How music develops the plot of the story Music is a leitmotif in Sonny’s Blues, which reflects and creates a new structure of music and drama (Bribitzer-Stull, 2015).
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee explores this idea of judging others before looking at the world from their perspective. Scout and Jem, although raised in a prejudice town, learn from their father Atticus that who a person is racially, does not define them as a person. Although the children make up stories about Arthur “Boo” Radley to pass the time in part one of the novel, in part two the Tom Robinson situation widens their eyes to the biased ways of their town. In the end, Jem and Scout are rescued by Boo Radley, the very person they feared during their childhood. Mockingbirds are used as a symbol in the novel to portray the fact that innocent and caring people are sometimes the most abused.
For example, young adults are being told how their lives are going to turn out. If they aren't smart enough, they won't be able to go to college, or since they are a troublemaker they aren’t going to go anywhere in life. In Anthem they are being told and it is predicted what they are going to do for the rest of their lives. Anthem is giving young adults a great objective to connect to because it shows how the people in the novel are being isolated from people all around them. A lot of teens feel like they are isolated from people in school because they fear either that they don't fit in or their classmates don't like them for some reason.
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.
In Chapter 15 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout’s compassionate actions eliminate the tensions of the lynching mob. Scout, being a rather youthful individual, did not quite comprehend the gravity of the situation in which she was getting herself into. In Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Scout states, ‘“I go to school with Walter,” I began again. “He’s your boy, ain’t he? Ain’t he, sir?”’.
To Kill a Mockingbird is a story that takes place during the Great Depression in a small town located in southern Georgia in the 1930s. The book focuses on Jean Louise “Scout” and Jeremy Atticus “Jem” and their coming of age and the major events that made the two grow up. One of the events was the trial of the Mockingbird, Tom Robinson, in which their father, Atticus Finch, was defending Tom, a man of color. Mockingbirds are used throughout the book to represent people that were harmed by the society even though they were innocent. There is a common misinterpretation of the meaning behind the Mockingbird leading many to believe that Scout is the Mockingbird in the story.
It’s a major turning point in her thinking and it influences her thinking throughout the rest of the book. Put yourself in someone else’s skin is a great way to think of empathy and it shows how smart Atticus really is right away. We all have those
“The hardest part of growing up is letting go of what we are used to and moving on to something you are not”-Paul Walker Growing up is one of the hardest, as well as one of the most important parts in life. Growing up should be fun, but in Scouts case learning about the cruelty and the reality she is living in is no fun. As the novel advances Scout experiences various emotional changes because of different events that take place. She starts to realize the unfairness that exists between different races and the discrimination that is rounding at the time. We can prove Scout changes and matures through the book by various events that take place.
The same goes for young readers who are confident and may be “put off by books that fit their ability” rather than their age (130). It is important to respect and appreciate the “tastes and needs of children instead of applying guidelines” (130). There are also “explicit and implicit” social problems that are associated with age banding (135). These social problems include giving adults the power to control what their kids read, “preventing readers” from trying to read above their age, and not allowing children to stay updated on current
Be that as it may, there are multiple reasons why books should be taught and included in a curriculum. If you really want a book not to be read by an adolescent, banning the book will often have an opposite effect. Although it contains sensitive topics and harsh language, The Secret Life of Bees should not be banned in high schools because students are not only mature enough to handle these issues but should, in fact, be exposed to them in an educational environment to help in the development of their maturing minds. Being exposed to course language at too early an age can often have negative effects on adolescent development. Profanity is inappropriate in a school setting so why should students be assigned to read a book that contains it?
Main Point #2: The children lose their innocence but by doing this the gain knowledge. In the beginning, Scout never really understood what her father and the grown up around her were talking about. She asks plenty of question and Atticus would answer them yet she still did not comprehend it. However, Jem was slowly starting to see the world in the way the grown-ups did. Having Jem understand the world a bit more, made Scout close relationship with him to slowly draw away.
Banning books also filters realism. Parents surely cannot expect to shelter their children from the real world forever. These books might have have violence and torture and bad people, but so does the real world and kids should know what to face if they have to when they grow up. If you read about people with sad, terrible lives, you will feel more grateful for what you have and you will be a better person. If you don 't about the dark and sadness of the world, you can 't know to appreciate the happiness and light.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the reader will notice several minuscule differences between it and the movie that is modeled after the book. Jem and Scout Finch’s relationship with Boo Radley grows as the storyline progresses until the end of the novel when the kids’ relationship with Boo Radley is the strongest after he saves Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell when he attacks them. The same is for the movie, though there are many slight or miniscule differences between the book and the movie, the relationship that the kids share with Boo remains the same in the way it grows and how they bond. The filmmaker was faithful to the novel by Harper Lee in how the children get to know Boo, how Bob Ewell gets mad at Atticus, and how Boo Radley saves the children. Throughout the novel Scout and Jem interact with Boo and over time they create a bond even though nothing is said between the children and Boo.
In Maycomb County, Alabama, on Halloween night, a girl becomes a young woman, and a boy becomes a man. In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, the Finch children realize that life is not always like the games they play. Through the events and results of the trial of Tom Robinson, the Finch children get a clearer view on the extreme racism and violence of the deep south. During the trial, the Finch children do not recognize the bias of the situation. While listening to the four different witness’ testimonies, oblivious to the curtailed life span of a black rape suspect, Jem is sure that they have won, “We’ve got him”(Lee, 238) he claims.