In Harper Lee’s To KIll A Mockingbird she expresses the theme of perspective throughout the whole book, using her characters in the story to express this. To Kill a Mockingbird shares several different perspectives especially with its characters, including one of the main characters being Mr. Bob Ewell. Mr. Ewell has a very interesting character in this book and causes a lot of trouble for the town of Maycomb. When it comes to Mr. Ewell’s perspective in this book, he has a very judgemental one, and
Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird and Eugenia Coolliers short story “Marigolds” evoke the most empathy by showing the growth of morals like empathy and compassion in the characters. The dynamic characters are used to emphasize how a person can change while symbolism is used to show a deeper meaning in an object both are used by the authors to evoke empathy. To Kill A Mockingbird, a novel published in 1960 about innocence, compassion and hatred. A story about children living in a racist time period trying to get through living there childhood without being influenced by the bad customs. “Marigolds” by Eugenia Cooliers is a short story also written in the 1960’s about a learning compassion and turning into a woman.
As Don King, a famous, black boxing promoter, once said, “Hypocrisy is the mother of all evil and racial prejudice is still her favorite.” Both of these themes, hypocrisy and prejudice, are very prevalent in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird; many white people in the fictional town of Maycomb criticize discrimination, sympathize with the oppressed, and praise those who take action, but only when it occurs in other parts of the world. However, when the injustice hits closer to home, the townspeople refuse to believe that prejudice lives, breathes, and thrives inside of them. When Scout and Jem’s Aunt Alexandra moves in with them, her suitcases are full of hypocrisy and classism. Aunt Alexandra is all about promoting family pride and loving family members, even if he or she is deranged, like Cousin Joshua. Alexandra calls Joshua “‘a beautiful character,’” (176), despite his flaws of being “‘locked up for so long,’” (176), and trying “‘shoot the president,’” (176).
Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill A Mocking Bird’ is a fictional novel written/published in the midst of the sixties that gave light to the provocative themes of prejudice and racial discrimination in the deep south of Alabama during the 1930s. The memorable quote said by Atticus Finch, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin", (Lee, 2004, p. 94), is the basic message the author is trying to get across, to get to know a person rather than to judge and discriminate someone based on their race. Harper Lee explores these themes through the construcion of events and characters that challenge and reinforce the societal ideologies at the time. An example of this is the character Atticus Finch and his values, attitudes and beliefs toward the trial of a black man charged with the rape of a white girl. Lee
U find this lesson interesting because today people say until you walk around in there shoes, but Atticus says "until you walk around in there skin." To walk around in someone else skin in this quote means to look through things from a colored persons point of view and how they see life. This lesson "The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a persons conscience." (chapter 11 page 120) teaches us the importance of making decisions as an individual based upon you own morals and values instead of following thw group and being influenced by what others do. The book "To Kill A Mockingbird" has many life lessons that Atticus teaches us and his children throughout the
As stated in the novel, a white man's words is always won against a black man’s. "The one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box"(Chapter 23). In this case the power is in one person’s words based on the color of their skin. Through the eyes of the courtroom nobody was blinded nor equal. The color of one’s skin determined who was guilty and who was innocent.
If one did not care about other people, that is how that same person wants to be treated. For example, when Uncle Jack visits the Finches and talks about the trial, Atticus says, “Before I’m through, I intend to jar the jury a bit--I think we’ll have a reasonable chance on appeal, though. I really can’t tell at this stage, Jack. You know, I’d hope to get through life without a case of this kind, John Taylor pointed at me and said, ‘You’re It’” (117). Atticus wants to gain appeal because he wants a fair trial since the jury in Maycomb would probably say Tom Robinson is guilty.
Harper Lee artfully wove together a coming-of-age story and a legal thriller in a way that tackles many of the important issues of growing up in the American South during the 1930s. Of the many themes encompassed in To Kill a Mockingbird, the most prevalent is prejudice. Prejudice manifested itself in the novel among races, genders, socioeconomic backgrounds, ages, religions, and values. Racism, sexism, and socioeconomic elitism are the most significant examples of the theme of prejudice, which is the driving force and central message of the entire novel. Prejudice in the form of racism is demonstrated in the discrimination against black people that takes place in the novel.
rejudice in Maycomb in the 1930 's in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee The prominent theme of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird is the portrait of prejudice, in a small southern American town called Maycomb in the 1930’s. Maycomb is believed to be a replica, of the town Monroeville where the author Harper Lee grew up. Her knowledge of the society in Monroeville (Maycomb) enables her to hit the reader with more impact; she can portray her views on prejudice and discrimination with stronger force and focus. She gives a realistic representation of people’s attitudes in the Deep South in the 1930’s. Slavery had been abolished in America after the civil war of 1861-5 this gave black people equal rights.
By a young age many were taught that killing was very bad, and that the killing of the innocent is worst, but other than that this lesson can not be taught. However, the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee captures readers into this 1930’s town that moves you to realize how harsh racism was and how if affects the lives of many innocent people. Indeed, to kill a mockingbird is a
Throughout to To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, geographic location, cultural and social values impacted the way people live. As the story is set in Maycomb, Alabama in the late 1930’s, following the great depression the way people lived had to change to adapt to the new living situations. Geographic location, economic and cultural values played a huge role in adapting. Racism is still a huge part of society today, but throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, the racism shown, just shows how bad it can really get. Maycomb Alabama is in the deep south.
In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses allusions to help the reader to understand the setting, and irony to show character and develop theme. Prejudice, in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, is described as the “simple hell people give other people without even thinking”, and the novel powerfully portrays examples of racial and social prejudice. Body Paragraph #1: Harper Lee uses allusions to help the reader better understand the setting to better understand the book and it’s many themes. A part of a quote from chapter one states, “disturbance between the North and South”. This refers to the Civil War in 1861-1865, which gives the reader an estimated time period of which the book took place in, also relating to the segregation.