To Kill A Mockingbird Critical Lens Analysis

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Literature can be analyzed with many different critical lenses. While analyzing To Kill a Mockingbird, one may use a critical lens to recognize the different ideas throughout the novel. Harper Lee’s novel demonstrates her perspective on intolerance and discrimination within the early twentieth century.
Firstly, intolerance of people who are different is very prevalent within the novel. For example, Boo Radley is not accepted because he does not fit into the social normalization that he should.. This is obvious by the way Jem describes Boo when he says, “There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped and he drooled most of the time” (Lee 16). Jem describes Boo as if he is a monster simply because Jem and the other people are unable to accept the fact that Boo is different. In reality, Boo is a great person; all of these characteristics are made up. An Enotes certified educator says it best when she states, "…Boo Radley is discriminated against due to beliefs formed about him based on rumors." (K.H. Tamara 1). For these reasons, it is clear that Lee is commentating on the intolerance of people who did not fit in with everyone else, and how it is essentially unacceptable to be different.
Secondly, Racial discrimination is prevalent throughout the novel. Tom Robinson is likely the most substantial example of racial discrimination within the novel. Atticus comments, “In our courts, when it’s a white man’s word
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