To Kill A Mockingbird Otherness Analysis

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The other in the civil rights movement as represented in literature in harper lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird The world is created out of oppositions, divisions and separations between the one and the Other. When people collide or meet, in that sense, in the meeting between different cultural backgrounds they tend to define the others by defining themselves. Jacque Derrida puts it in his essay Archive Fever: Freudian Impressions “every Other is every other Other, is altogether Other “(p.77). Alternatively, as Harper lee sets it clearly in her novel To Kill a Mockingbird “you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in It” (p.32)
It is always relevant to analyse how the One describes, and in that way defines the Other. The definition of this Concept is related to the definition of the One. The question of the other in general has been a controversial topic throughout the years in different fields: anthropology, sociology, history and literature. It is associated with the time of the Civil Rights Movement in which significant and well-known critical studies, including Claudia Durst Johnson, Michelle Foucault, Carter& Cranny-Francis, Paul Brown, Deborah Willis, were done. In this thesis I shall examine the concept of Otherness in the Civil Rights Movements in the following novel: To Kill A Mockingbird by harper lee . My chief motivation in selecting a novel on
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