Racism and Prejudice In the present world racism and prejudice are not so common as it was in 1900, when Harper Lee wrote the book “To kill a Mockingbird” Harper Lee writes about Scout, who is a seven year old girl that s innocent at the beginning of the book As the book ends, she gets to know about all the things that this bad world has in it. In “To kill a mockingbird” Harper Lee uses Scout to show how people prejudge others on race, way of living and gender expectations. Scout is a little girl who sees how people judge each other on their race.
Throughout the book Scout is a character of great change. In the beginning she was a tomboy who liked to beat up weaker people, like when she beat up walter early on. The summers when Dill came by had great influence on Scout because those summers also had Aunt Alexandra come by and stay with the Scout. When Aunt Alexandra and Atticus start arguing it allows Scout to see a different part of Atticus. Towards the end of the book Scout’s empathy arises and she uses it see what things could be like from Boo’s perspective.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses characterization, symbolism, and irony to express the cloud in judgment prejudice causes when examining the morals of others. Scout is able to understand more about the town folk in Maycomb County through studying her teacher’s ironic and corrupted views of life around her. Lee uses Miss Gates, Scout’s teacher, to allow Scout a chance to understand the complexity of the adult world. While teaching the class about the Holocaust, Gates expresses the injustice being done to the Jews. She teaches the children that the town does not “believe in persecuting anybody” (Lee 329) because of the U.S. democratic government.
When looking at a story, a child can often reveal oversights that an adult can not. Harper Lee, author of To Kill A Mockingbird, uses her characters of Scout, Miss. Caroline, Calpurnia, and Mr. Dolphus Raymond to highlight an outside view of adult community through Scout’s narration. In the book, Scout encounters three situations where her child perspective shapes how the reader understands and interprets these adult situations: Calpurnia’s change in demeanour when at the Negro church, Miss.
She learns this from Atticus in a couple of ways. One way is when Atticus tells Scout not to judge Miss Caroline. Scout is very angry with Miss Caroline and thinks she is a mean, prissy person. Scout is told to walk around in Miss Caroline’s skin to see where she is coming from. Even though she doesn’t necessarily understand it, she later learns that she shouldn’t judge people so quickly, and applies it when she meets a new person.
and they use different lessons from the past to get over these events. Hardships are often throughout To Kill A Mockingbird and bring aha moments to Scout and Jem. Evidence from the book shows how a real-life situation is more valuable in lessons to Scout and Jem “After all if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I” (Lee 271). This quote shows though Scout and Aunt Alexandra heard about Tom being shot to death, Scout realizes how to turn this situation to help herself mature and looking on the bright side taking after Aunt Alexandra. This shows that when a real-life situation, such as Tom Robinson being killed, is brought up it teaches Scout how to turn any situation to help her mature which is a valuable lesson that cannot be learned in school.
In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee explores how each character deals with his or her own personal loss. The main loss Scout experienced was realizing that there is so much in life she must learn about for self-improvement, and learn how to be wise in the way she acts to win the world. Scout practiced different actions in an attempt to fit into the regular social roles in the community. Scout in the novel developed from her personal experiences and her understanding about people’s life who lived around her.
In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch employs pathos and diction in his closing argument to the jury and the people of Maycomb in order to persuade them to see beyond their prejudice and free Tom Robinson. Atticus informs the jury about the evil assumptions that society makes about Negroes. Pathos is used to persuade the jury when Atticus says, “Some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women—black or white.
Throughout the book she discovers many mockingbirds in her society and the trouble they have to live through. This helps the reader identify many subtopics in the book like prejudice vs tolerance, compassion vs ignorance and more importantly courage vs cowardice. She deciphers the true meaning of courage vs cowardice when she meets the mystery character, Boo Radley. The book by Sherman Alexie too has similar themes and settings. It’s based on the struggles Indian’s face in America due to their race.
“You never really understand someone until you consider things from his perspective,” (Lee 30). To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper E Lee, illustrates the life of Jem and Scout as they go upon racial and pessimistic struggles of the nineteen sixties. With a community hinged on the verdict of an upcoming trial considering the case of a black man, Tom Robson, and the conspiracy of Bob and Mayella Ewell. The To Kill a MockingBird movie however, has several differences that vary the mood of the story, and Scout’s overall character development.
Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming of how you appear to someone else? In this passage from chapter 31 of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the literary elements of motif, diction, and setting develops the theme that changing perspectives or “walking in someone else’s shoes” brings understanding as it did for Scout as she thought of Boo Radley’s point of view. This passage comes as the aftermath of a fatal situation. Harper Lee uses the mindset of a young girl, Scout, standing on her strange neighbor’s porch to demonstrate this “coming of age” lesson. The author establishes “coming of age” to be the learning and maturing as one progresses through life no matter his or her age.
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.
There are many motifs and lessons to be learned from To Kill A Mockingbird. The entire book was written from the point of view of the main protagonist, Scout. The author, Harper Lee, was well beyond the age of an adult at the time of publishing. Throughout the entire book there is a constant motif of symbolism in relation to the title among others, including the injustice of society. Harper Lee chose to write To Kill A Mockingbird through the eyes of a child from the perspective of an adult reminiscing because she wanted to straightforwardly address the injustices of society, justify the reliability of Scout 's accounts, and to implicate the growth and development of Scout first-handedly.
In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the author shows that Scout is self-centered through the use of indirect characterization. When Scout brings a tire for Dill, Jem, and her to play with, they start arguing about who will go first and Scout comes out and says “I’m first” (Lee 49). She doesn’t even take what the other two want into consideration. All she cares about is her going first in the tire. While Scout is leaving her classroom at the end of the day, her teacher is crying and she says that “Had her conduct been friendly toward me, I would have felt sorry for her” (Lee 29).
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper lee tells the adventures of Scout Finch in a fictional town of Maycomb, set in the 1930’s. Since our narrator is a child we see a lot of innocent point of views, that reveal a lot of themes. one central theme that we can all see is, courage. From the kind hearted Made, to Atticus, even to the innocent Scout. all show, in some way courage.