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    The mockingbird in the title of Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mockingbird," symbolizes a number of characters throughout the novel. In order to fully understand why these characters symbolize killed mockingbirds, one must first understand what the title represents and why it's wrong to kill a mockingbird. The idea that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird was first mentioned by Atticus Finch (the protagonist's, Scout, father) when he saw the children shooting things with BB guns. As he knows that soon they

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    fiction novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, takes place in a small Southern town in the U.S during the 1930’s. The 1930’s was a time filled with discrimination caused by the economic tension of the Great Depression. Throughout the novel, the characters such as Scout Finch, the Cunningham family, and Tom Robinson all endure discrimination whether it is for their gender, their race, or even for their social class. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee proves that discrimination, throughout

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    like this”. quote by Unknown. Harper Lee won the Pulitzer Prize for her world famous book To Kill a Mockingbird in the year 1960. One specific character named Dill, was based off of her childhood friend Truman Capote. While Mr. Capote based his character, Idabel Thompkins, in his novels Other Voices, Other Rooms, on Harper. Infamous the book and movie also had Harper as a main character. Their friendship was presumed unbreakable, but nothing last forever. Harper Lee and Truman Capote's relationship

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    even sexism in the 1930s. Rhetorical devices can be used to create a connection to the reader and improve the flow of paragraphs. Harper Lee uses metaphor, ethos, logos, and the stereotyped characters of Tom Robinson, Scout Finch, Atticus Finch and the jury to help portray the societal normalities of the 1930s town of Maycomb, Alabama. One of the characters that Harper Lee uses is Tom Robinson to show the reader the abundance of

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    "Harper Lee wants to tell us that it takes courage NOT to kill a mockingbird" Essay, January 2018 One might ask oneself why Harper Lee chose a mockingbird, a rather unspectacular and common bird living all around the globe, as the most important symbol in her book "To kill a Mockingbird". The mockingbird is introduced during supper at the Finch 's house when Atticus tells his children that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. Miss Maudie explains this as follows: "Mockingbirds don’t do one thing

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    Atticus Finch is a a very strong hearted man with a happy family. Atticus is in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird.Atticus Finch is the father of two children they live in the town of Maycomb County. One day Atticus has to represent a man named Tom Robinson in court and something big happens. Because of his integrity and kindness to everyone he should take a stand. The first reason it makes sense for Atticus to take a stand is his integrity. Atticus is protecting Tom outside the jail house from

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    defending Tom Robinson during the trial in which Bob Ewell accused Tom Robinson of raping his daughter Mayella. He was attacked by Bob Ewell as a result of fighting for blacks and trying to break the unfair social mores. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee utilized the character of Atticus to reveal that self-sacrifice is needed to break the social mores of society. Atticus fought for Tom Robinson in the trial, breaking social mores of whites being viewed as superior. In Maycomb, there was a sort

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    has the ability to make choices. People have been created with minds to convince, control, and problem solve. Similarly, other people’s influence has great power to change, persuade, and spread rumors. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee, portrays many examples of people who were persuaded and changed from his or her own mind and decisions, or the effect of someone else’s. Injustice is rampant throughout the book, in Tom Robinson’s verdict, Boo Radley’s precarious situation, and

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    bring out this instantaneous bravery and audacity inside of someone.Courage can be defined by something everyone wishes to display.Not only is it an attribute of good character, but it's what makes us worthy of respect. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the main characters would not have been able to make it without having and acting upon courage.Throughout the novel courage was mainly defined through the actions of Atticus, Jem, and Scout. A primary example of courage is displayed by the

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    Analysis Essay Being a child, contrary to the beliefs of many adults, is difficult. They must learn how to act and react in certain situations. As they learn these things, their character develops and they come to age. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses character development to illustrate the process in which the main protagonists – Jem and Scout – come of age. When the audience first meets Jem, they learn he is a stubborn, adventurous, young boy with idealistic beliefs. Jem came of age

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    Harper Lee, one of the greatest influences of literature brought the idea of racial segregation to life throughout her works. She grew up in a time period in which Southerners suffered segregation and discrimination, this played a part in her political standpoints and inspired her to take a stand on issues such as discrimination. Her works became prominent in the Civil Rights Movement because she addressed topics such as blacks being falsely accused of crimes and false assertions against people of

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    In the classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee has many different central themes that stood out in the story. Examples are growing up, racism, and mockingbirds. Courage is something that many of the characters express throughout the novel. According to Atticus, “Courage is when you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.” (Lee 116).The dictionary definition of courage is the quality of mind that enables one to face danger with confidence, resolution

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    One of the most challenging roles a person undertake in his or her life is parenting. The role of being a parent requires a lot of time, effort, responsibilities, and many qualities. The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, takes place in a fictional town called Maycomb County in Southern Alabama in the early 1930’s during the Great Depression. The Finch family consists of Scout, the narrator, Atticus, her father, and Jem, her brother, who is older than her by four years, They live in a

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    being convicted of rape. His children Scout and Jem grow up from as innocent children to understanding racism within their community. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee informs the readers that growing up can teach you how understanding other people can make you a better person through symbolism, characterization, and dialogue. First, Lee uses symbolism to demonstrate how Scout develops a better understanding of Atticus and Boo Radley. In the beginning of the book, Atticus gives Scout and Jem

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    another race or other races. Based on this core foundation, is the book To Kill a Mockingbird. The story of Scout and her exploration of racism in her life is what makes the book a show of what racism is in its purest form. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the theme that racism is a negatively influential factor in everyday life is shown through Scout and the events that take place in Maycomb. We first see Scout experiencing racism in the street when Lafayette Dubose rudely teases her and Jem because

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    In the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” Harper Lee shows many examples of how characters can be differentiated in ways that distinguish as well as dictate their behavior. The town of Maycomb seemed to have many expectations of its citizens based on stereotypes. Maycomb was judgmental and inflexible in its views, trying to be something that it was not. In this world, no one lives a life without stereotypes, which is why Lee focuses heavily on this idea throughout the book. Three main characters in

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    literary elements in “To Kill a Mockingbird” Harper Lee crafts complex commentary on human relationships by means of showing readers the reactions and opinions of divergent characters in the novel when placed in situations and events that challenge their beliefs. Using primarily dialogue and prose, Lee displays the fragileness of community when individual values challenge societal beliefs. First, critical moments like the trial of Tom Robinson are places where Lee emphasizes the reactions of characters

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    acceptable nor justifiable; however, ending that man’s life may also be unacceptable. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson- an innocent man- was convicted of raping a young Mayella Ewell and was sentenced to his death by his Alabama jury. Lee conveys several disappointments about the verdict through her characters. For instance, Dill broke down crying (Lee 256), and Jem could not be more shocked and saddened (Lee 287). The death penalty has been debated for many decades. In the 1930s, there

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    themselves exploring feelings of negativity towards someone else or even making judgements about them. This relates to my prompt because you shouldn’t judge someone because you may misinterpret them for who they really are. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s use of racism proves that you shouldn’t judge someone because you may misinterpret them for who they really are. First, you shouldn't prejudge the worth or value of something, by its

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    to try to make unequal things equal.” In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee portrays the significance of social inequality. The distinguished narrator, Scout, is introduced to racial inequality. These characters are affected by the central message of how terrible racism is, yet still exists. Throughout the story, Harper Lee is able to convey a prejudicial situation to express to readers the harms of racism. Harper Lee uses the trial of Tom Robinson to symbolize the ignorance and denial towards

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