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To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, which is one of the best books, is filled with incredible connections and fantastic foreshadowing. Once you pick up this book, you will need the key of being able to dissect the book in order to unlock its full potential. Through the three-and-a-half year-long journey that is To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee takes Jeremy Atticus Finch and Jean Louise Finch through a never-ending pile of events. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is about Jem and Scout Finch and their childhood in Maycomb, Alabama....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Harper Lee] 2691 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - In the classic 1960 novel of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses irony to reveal Maycomb’s true colors of prejudice, racism, and hypocrisy. The “tired old town” seems ideal and peaceful on the surface, but as the story progresses, it becomes evident that the town is a biased, racist community. (p. 5) The author’s irony helps the reader interpret the actual hypocritical views of the story’s characters. Simon Finch, Miss Merriweather and the Missionary Society, and Miss Gates all show the existence of discriminatory and impartial views that surround the town....   [tags: Literary Analysis, Harper Lee] 700 words
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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee is novel set in a three year period through the ‘great depression’. Atticus Finch (Jem and scouts father) is originally portrayed as a friendly and understanding person, though when he attends court defending a ‘black man’ as his job, suddenly he and his family begin to suffer racial hatred from their community. The story features on the themes of racism, community morals and the realisation of certain truths whilst growing up. It is a fascinating novel with a great storyline full of drama and unexposed realities....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee] 1077 words
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Hope in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is extensively a story of hope. Hope is to wish for something with expectation of its fulfilment and to have confidence; trust. This is shown through the themes, issues and the characters in the novel. Atticus represents hope, he is optimist. He is from the higher class and defends the lower class and still has the anticipation to win. The Finch family has hope as Atticus has taught his children to be accepting and have open-minds. Racism and prejudice, give people the hope for change....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee] 925 words
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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - In To Kill a Mockingbird, we are told the story of the lives of the Finch family through the eyes of one Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. She is around the age of eight years old, so she is very young. Essentially, she has always wanted to go to school, but when she gets there, she finds that her education level surpasses that of the first grade. Her father forces her to stay in school. That summer she meets a peculiar person who calls himself Dill, although his name is Charles Baker Harris. Scout and her brother, Jem, quickly befriend him....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee] 862 words
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Good Parenting Style in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - ... He is a role model to his children, and his parenting style and behavior reflects these values. For example, he encourages his children, Jem and Scout, to call him "Atticus" so that they can interact on equal terms with him. He is shown as a kind and loving father, who reads to his children and offers them comfort when they need it. At the same time, he also teaches them the importance of courage, compassion, trust and respect. One of the most powerful quotes in the book “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view — until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (pg.39)....   [tags: literary analysis, Harper Lee] 1213 words
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Atticus as a Hero, in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - Although they are critiqued, some people do whatever they can do to improve our society. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch proves himself to be a hero. This small-town lawyer exhibits bravery, strength, and modesty when faced with objection during Maycomb’s quarrel for justice. Without a doubt, Atticus proves that anybody can stand for what he or she believes is right. Throughout the novel, Atticus reveals his bravery. He demonstrates this quality by killing Tim Johnson, the rabid dog....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee] 978 words
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Response to Questions on Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird - 1. Allusion: The name of the father, Atticus, probably comes from the Roman orator Titus Pomponius Atticus, who was known for never taking a side in political struggles but rather staying neutral. This is characteristic of Atticus Finch who, despite being severely criticized for defending Tom Robinson, tells his children to ignore what people have to say. 2.Characterization: characterization would be when Boo Radley is described as ghost like, or a hermit. They think that he is insane. 3. Static character: Atticus is a man who has demonstrated that he is totally balanced in his approach to humankind....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee] 890 words
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Prejudice in Harper Lee´s To Kill a Mockingbird - Life is like a thrill ride; one never knows what will be in store for them. Many characters in the story To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee feel the same way about life, having experienced many surprising and unexpected turns of events. This story is about a sleepy southern town filled with prejudice, and a lawyer’s quest, along with his children Scout and Jem, to take steps in ridding the town of its prejudiced mindset. Atticus, the lawyer, defends an innocent black man, Tom Robinson, accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell, despite being a white man....   [tags: hypocrisy, Harper Lee]
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Courage in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a timeless novel that has been both accepted and refused by many readers. To Kill a Mockingbird took place is a town called Maycomb. It is narrated by a young girl named Jean Louise Finch, otherwise known as Scout, who learns how to deal with many things in her life. While learning to deal with racism, injustice, and criticism, she also finds courage being showed by many of her role models. The theme courage is best depicted through Boo Radley, Scout and Atticus....   [tags: Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, ] 715 words
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Gentleman of the South in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - True role models are those who have the qualities that we would want to have in the near future and those who make us want to be a better person. They teach us more about ourselves and encourage us to make better choices. A role modle is not just someone who is successful, but someone who has had similar experiences that we have had. In the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee demonstrates that Atticus Finch is a true role model. Over the course of the novel, Atticus stands up for his beliefs, respects everyone regardless of who they are and behaves as a true father....   [tags: heroes, To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee,] 955 words
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Atticus the Hero in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - Martin Luther King and Gandhi are one of the few people who changed society, and stood on their own. They were individuals who didn’t worry what other people thought. They decided to bring a change in the society. King and Gandhi fought for their own rights and freedom. Lots of people get influenced by a person and make him as a leader, So he can do all the work for them while others were lazy. So this shows that a person can change a society. In “To kill a mocking bird” by Harper lee, in the county of Macomb, Atticus a lawyer defending a black man at that point of the time is changing the society....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, heroesw,] 928 words
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Courage Demonstrated by Atticus, Boo and Scout in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, is a moving story about courage set against the prejudice in a small, Alabama town. Atticus tells his children that courage is standing up for what you believe in, even if you know you will lose. Atticus, Boo, and Scout show courage through standing up for what they believe in, even if they might lose by doing so. When Atticus chooses to defend Tom Robinson, he knows he will most likely lose the first trial. His friends and colleagues will talk behind his back for defending a black man under a capitol defense....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee] 566 words
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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - Would you rather read a boring novel that contains static characters or would you want to read one that takes you on a journey through a dynamic character's life. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout's personality greatly changes as she matures and learns more about life. This novel takes place in the 1930's in a typical southern society. Once Atticus chooses to defend Tom Robinson, a black man, Scout faces many challenges and she discovers numerous facts about life. Throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird Scout grows up and learns that one should not be prejudiced toward others, the true meaning of courage, and that it is wrong to harm the innocent and kind....   [tags: Harper Lee Kill Mockingbird] 1137 words
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The Mockingbirds in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - The significance of the store To Kill a Mockingbird is the expression mocking bird appears in the story lots of times. Also the most significant novel in this whole book is the mockingbird symbol. Another significant part of the story is the definition of a mockingbird and it is a type of Finch, it’s also a small bird who likes to sing. It got the name mockingbird because when it sings it is mocking other birds. (http://www.allfreeessays.com/essays/The-Significance-Of-The-Title-Of/21174.html) The mockingbirds in the story were Tom Robinson, Calpurnia, and Boo Radley....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, symbolism, ] 679 words
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Atticus Finch in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - In to Kill a Mockingbird, Jeremy Atticus Finch, also known as Jem, a small town boy begins as an ignorant, intolerable, naïve, and gullible young boy who has no perspective or interest in the world around him. Jem begins to go through a change of state and mind, which will affect in all aspects of the human world. The story takes place in 1933, the depth of the great depression. As Scout, Jem’s sister describes, “there is nothing to buy and no money to buy things with.” Scout and Jem live in the town of Maycomb, Alabama, a town of prejudice, poverty, and of troubled citizens....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee] 1087 words
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The Mockingbird Theme in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - This novel by Harper Lee has a seemingly curious title to a reader who looks at it in a literal way. Someone may argue that there are no mockingbirds in To Kill a Mockingbird but I beg to differ. An actual mockingbird may not play a large role in this story however the idea and connotation of a mockingbird becomes evident throughout the story in many characters. This is a major theme in the story and is shown through the characters Boo Radley, Mr. Raymond, and Tom Robinson all connected in the fact that they are innocent good hearted people corrupted by the evil surrounding them....   [tags: Harper Lee]
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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is a highly regarded work of American fiction. The story of the novel teaches us many lessons that should last any reader for a lifetime. The messages that Harper Lee relays to the reader are exemplified throughout the book using various methods. One of the most important and significant methods was the use of symbols such as the mockingbird image. Another important method was showing the view through a growing child's (Scout Finch) mind, eyes, ears, and mouth....   [tags: Harper Lee Kill Mockingbird Essays] 1401 words
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Scout's Childhood Simplicity in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird - The adult world is a cold and terrifying place. There are robberies, shootings, murders, suicides, and much more. If you were to be a small child, perhaps age 5, and you were to look in at this world, you would never know how bad it actually was, just from a single glance. Children have a small slice of ignorant bliss, which helps to keep them away from the harsh of reality. It isn’t until later, when they encounter something that opens their eyes and shows them, that they truly start to understand the world we live it....   [tags: Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird, childhood,] 634 words
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Jem's Growth in Harper Lee’s Novel, To Kill a Mockingbird - Jeremy “Jem” Finch is a leading protagonist in Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mocking Bird” published in 1960. Jem matured greatly throughout the duration of the book, starting to resemble and idolize his father, achieves the status of a guardian to his sister and introduces a whole new set of ideals in his lifestyle. He embodies the themes of growth. Throughout the novel we see how perceptions of things such as courage, respect, tolerance, and cruelty changes Jem as he matures. Courage Conceptions Jem’s perception of bravery has changed throughout the course of the book....   [tags: Harper Lee, To Kill a Mocking Bird, ] 1278 words
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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird "To Kill a Mocking Bird" by Harper Lee was published in 1960 and was adapted into a play by Christopher Sergal and published in 1980. It tells the story of a court case when a black man gets accused of raping a white woman. The black man, Tom Robinson is defended by the a lawyer called Atticus Finch. Atticus is one of the few people in Maycome who have a bit of money an can read and write very well. The inevitable outcome of the case was that the Black man was sentenced to death....   [tags: Harper Lee Kill Mockingbird Essays] 2334 words
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Racism in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - Racism was a very large part of society in the south during the 1930’s. Many colored people were thought of as less than their peers. Whites were considered better than African Americans were, and almost every white person accepted the unjust judgment. Racial discrimination hit hard in the south. Many of the characters in To Kill a Mockingbird were impacted by racial discrimination, including Calpurnia, Scout, and Tom Robinson and his family. One of the more “accepted” sorts of racism in the 1930’s was in the home....   [tags: Harper Lee]
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Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird In the novel by Harper Lee named, To Kill a Mockingbird, there is one main tragic event that occurs. The feelings and expressions dealt with in the novel are seen through the eyes of the main character, named Scout. In the novel Tom Robinson is a black male accused of rape in Maycomb County. During the same time period as the novel there were many historical events that were almost identical in setting and conclusion. There were many things that happened leading up to the court case that foreshadowed Tom Robinson’s inability to be found innocent of the charges....   [tags: Harper Lee Kill Mockingbird Racism Essays]
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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird Courage is the quality of mind that enables one to face danger with confidence, resolution, and gain a firm control of oneself. Many of the characters in To Kill a Mockingbird showed courage in their own way. Courage can come in many different forms: physical, mental, emotional and moral. Courage is not the only main theme displayed in To Kill a Mockingbird; prejudice and education are also very important themes exhibited throughout the progression of the novel....   [tags: Kill Mockingbird Harper Lee Essays Courage] 1052 words
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Analysis of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Analysis of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is a story of national magnitude that contains complex characters. Harper Lee deals with the emotions and spirits of the characters insightfully. A few of these characters display courage at one point or another in the story. These flashes of courage come during turbulent times of the story, and often led to success. Atticus Finch displayed courage on numerous occasions. Without his wife he had to raise Jem and Scout alone for most of their lives....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Essays] 1327 words
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Prejudice in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - Prejudice in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ was written by Harper Lee in 1960. Nelle Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926 in Monroeville, Alabama, a city of about 7,000 people. She studied law at the University of Alabama and one year at Oxford University. After giving up working as a clerk for an airline she moved into a cold-water apartment in New York to concentrate on writing. She first handed this book to a publisher in 1957 but it was rejected so she took two further years to rework it before it was published as ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in 1960....   [tags: Harper Lee Kill Mockingbird Essays] 6279 words
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Cultures in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird - ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ is a brilliantly written novel by Harper Lee. The novel is set in Alabama, USA, in the 1930’s and tells the story of a lawyer who defends a wrongly accused black man while trying to raise his two children, Scout and Jem, as they go through childhood and adolescence, life’s most active learning stages. The book is written through the eyes of Atticus’ naïve young daughter, Scout, and southern ways enhance the plot of the story to give it a realistic and historical perspective....   [tags: Harper Lee Kill Mockingbird Essays] 4930 words
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Prejudice in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - Prejudice in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill A Mockingbird is a novel which can deceive the reader into thinking that it is very simple. However, if the reader delves beneath the surface, she may find that there are a number of complex themes running through the novel. One of the central themes in this novel is the prejudice that was characteristic of southern town in the 1930?s. A variety of prejudices combine to form the character of the town of Maycomb. The three main prejudices encountered are those of race, class, and sex....   [tags: Harper Lee Mockingbird Race Essays] 928 words
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Jem's Maturing in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - Jem's Maturing in Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird When children grow up, they face difficult problems, and. they learn to cope and take responsibility. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a flashback about two kids that spans over a few years. Jem ages from ten to thirteen over the course of the novel, and undergoes much change, as his sister describes him. Over the years, he is exposed to issues adults face, and eventually shows an understanding of racism and innocence. As Jem grows up, his view on courage also changes....   [tags: Harper Lee Kill Mockingbird] 1007 words
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Power Hungry in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Power Hungry in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Society is unwilling to become aware and understand before it judges. This idea has a lot of effect on the plot of To Kill A Mockingbird. In this particular situation, these problems are initiated by prejudice. These circumstances become an issue when morality is questioned. The mockingbird is a reoccurring symbol that denotes the idea of the exploitation of blameless beings by those of higher influence. The prominent theme in To Kill A Mockingbird is that the innocent are often taken advantage of by those with more power....   [tags: Harper Lee Mockingbird] 1547 words
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Maturation of Jem and Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird Jem and Scout change tremendously. They do not change physically, but rather mentally. Their maturation can be seen as the novel progresses and by the end of the story they seem to be two completely different people. As the novel goes on, the reader can see that Jem and Scout mature even when the rest of the town does not. In part one, Jem and Scout are terrified of Boo Radley because of stories they have heard. They have never actually seen or talked to him and yet they are still children and believe most of the things they hear....   [tags: Harper Lee] 585 words
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Symbolism in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Symbolism in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee The mockingbird is a major symbol in the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Harper Lee chose the mockingbird for both the title of her book and as a symbol in her book. I believe she selected it because the mockingbird is a creature that is loved by all for its singing and mocking, for which it gets its name, and how it never intends to harm anything or anybody. Atticus Finch says to Jem, ??but remember it?s a sin to kill a mockingbird.....   [tags: Papers Harper Lee Kill Mockingbird Essays] 643 words
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A Good Parent: Atticus in Lee Harper's To Kill a Mockingbird - Mrs. Alexandra, from my understanding, a good parent is one who creates a safe nurturing environment for a child to grow up in, displays characteristics of a positive role model, and is an active part of a child’s life. (Atticus, look at Scout and Jem affectionately ) Good parents provide moral guidance, sets limitations, and implements consequences for a child’s behavior. (Atticus, use a ruler and slap it in your hand looking at Scout and Jem symbolizing a Spanking as punishment) Atticus is a very effective parent to Scout and Jem....   [tags: Parents, Lee Harper, Kill A Mockingbird, reinterpr] 567 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, portrays an influential period of the protagonist, Jean Louise “Scout” Finch’s life. Narrated from the perspective of Scout as an adult, she writes about her experiences between the ages of six and nine and how she reaches maturity through various, momentous situations and experiences. Several of Scout’s learning experiences occurred due to the small town life she lived in Maycomb, Alabama. The atmosphere of racial relations exposes genuine injustice and prejudice, of which she does not understand; however, because of the ambiance of Maycomb County, Jean Louise “Scout” Finch grows in her understanding of her world and develops her own perspective throug...   [tags: Literary Analysis, Lee] 2732 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird Research Paper In To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee it is very evident that her life experiences when paired with the era in which she lived helped her develop this piece of iconic American literature. The themes and subtle critiques of the society she grew up in are reflected in To Kill a MockingBird, which is what made this book one of the greatest literary works of all time. She grew up in a time of great social inequality and prejudice towards African Americans.This is one of the many examples of her life that formed a major theme in this book, her foremost popular work....   [tags: Author's Background] 1323 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Harper Lee is an American novelist that was born in Monroeville, Alabama in 1926. She was born to her mother, Frances, who was a homemaker and her father, Amasa, who was a former newspaper editor and proprietor that also practiced law and served in the Alabama State Legislature from 1926 to 1938. Harper Lee was the youngest of four children. She was a tomboy and an advanced reader as a child. Her best friend was her schoolmate and neighbor, Truman Capote. She went to the Monroe County High School, and it was at this location that she found her love for literature....   [tags: american novelist, Atticus Finch]
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... After three years of writing and editing, her novel was published in 1960 (Anderson). Harper Lee’s book was based on many of the events that she and her brother experienced as children. Her parents, Amasa Coleman Lee and Frances Finch Lee, were her inspiration for some of her characters. Her father, Amasa Lee was a lawyer and was the model of the character Atticus Finch. Her mother’s maiden name was Finch, which was her inspiration for the surname of Scout’s family in her book. Truman Capote was her loved childhood friend that she based the character Dill Harris off of....   [tags: story and character analysis] 992 words
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The Life and Writings of Harper Lee - Nelle Harper Lee, the famous author of the worldwide bestseller To Kill a Mockingbird, was born April 28th, 1926, to Amasa Coleman (a lawyer) and Frances Lee. At the time, the family lived in Monroeville, Alabama. Harper’s family was somewhat wealthy, and they lived in upper middle class society most of their lives. Harper’s birth name, Nelle, was her grandmother’s spelled backwards (Ellen). However, in her publications, she took her middle name, Harper, to avoid being known as “Nellie”. But what numerous people have never heard - and many would be shocked to know - is that one windy, rainy night, Harper threw all her unpublished manuscripts of To Kill a Mockingbird out the window....   [tags: Biography]
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To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in a Maycomb County, a Southern community in Alabama. The story is based in the poverty stricken time of the 1930's, where most of Maycomb's populace was still suffering from the Great Depression. To Kill a Mockingbird, is narrated by a young girl named Jean Louise, ( better known as Scout), when she was aged six to eight. She and her brother Jem were the only children of a widower Atticus Finch, a respected gentlemen, who was one of Maycomb County's few attorneys....   [tags: Character Analysis, Jean Louise, Jem] 1096 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird is a brilliant novel by Harper Lee that engraves moral lessons within its pages. The novel has many themes such as the true meaning of courage, the importance of education, and that a child’s perception is wiser than an adult’s. Throughout the novel, Harper Lee uses skillful language to tell her story and connect to her audience. Harper Lee utilizes literal language, symbolism, and imagery to bring the meaning of To Kill a Mockingbird to life. Lee manipulates literal language, such as dialogue and dialect to fundamentally relate her meaning to readers....   [tags: courage, education, symbolism]
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To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - ... This shows that she was rebellious against social rules because she did not care to go to the back instead of the front. Another quote that shows how Calpurnia is rebellious against social rules is her saying, “It’s the same god ain’t it?” ( Lee, 119). This shows that Calpurnia is disaffected by social rules because she brought Scout and Jem along to the First Purchase Church, which is African American, and they were white, so this went against the social rules of the time which was where the two races went to different churches....   [tags: calpurnia, culture]
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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... Mockingbirds symbolize innocence and the main characters in the story are compared to mockingbirds because they are innocent yet accused of mistakes they never committed. The title is used as a metaphor. Tom Robinson is depicted as mockingbird in the story. He was proven innocent, but died despite his innocence. In the story, it is unfortunate how Tom is sentenced, despite the fact that he was not found guilty and he is just as harmless as a mockingbird. It is ironic that, the people in the story agree that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird but they never thought twice while killing a harmless human being who is comparable to the mockingbird....   [tags: story and character analysis]
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... They've done it before and they did it tonight and they'll do it again and when they do it –seems that only children weep.” (Lee 180). The quote shows that even though people like Atticus Finch, a symbol of good, do their best to let good prevail, sometimes evil, the judgment that Tom Robinson was guilty, wins the war. In this chapter Jem realizes that the justice system and society treated human beings in a horrible way just because of their race. This realization bring Jem to tears. The sudden exposure to racism and unjust treatment of a human being showed the true evils of society through the eyes of a child....   [tags: story and character review] 600 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Even though every human living in America is entitled to a fair trial, the legitimacy of the trial can often lean to one side based on the prejudice of race. As children age, they begin to apprehend these social inequalities and lose their innocence. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird , Harper Lee portrays life in a suburban town, Maycomb, through the lives of several families during the Great Depression and how they each have individual qualities that differentiate them. Scout and Jem, two young children, are victimized by this loss of innocence along with their friend Dill....   [tags: story and character analysis] 948 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a fascinating story that has captured the hearts of many readers. The main character and narrator Scout Finch, or otherwise known as Jean Louise Finch, speaks the voice of a young girl who grows up in a small town called Maycomb County in the 1930’s. Her father, Atticus Finch, is a non-racist lawyer in a very prejudice town. Throughout the novel, Harper Lee includes many themes, but one of the most important one explains the loss of innocence and growing up....   [tags: Loss of Innocence]
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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... After the children speak with him, they finally realize that the man who they and the town considered a monster to be a good man after all. They get to realize the true degree of society’s harsh and incorrect prejudiced judgements, and because of that, they loose their innocence. In addition, socio-economic statuses of the town are another part of society that strips away the children’s innocence. One example is when Scout asks whether or not she can bring Walter Cunningham home to play with....   [tags: childhood innocence, character analysis] 1389 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... Finch is the sort of father who shows, not tells. And what Finch shows his children, primarily, is a view of almost Christ-like compassion and forbearance. For example, laying down the foundation for the novel’s theme, Finch tells his daughter that “[y]ou never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view [. . .] until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” In the face of the racial epitaphs hurled against himself and his children for Finch’s legal defense of Tom Robinson, Finch admonishes his children to remember that “no matter how bitter things get, they’re still our friends and this is still our home.” Later in the novel, this view of forbeara...   [tags: story and character analysis] 1125 words
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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... 100) When Atticus was chosen to defend Tom Robinson, he didn’t refuse. Many people expected Atticus to just let Tom lose but Atticus fought and gave Tom a fair trial despite the disapproval of others. “‘I never heard tell that it’s against the law for a citizen to do his utmost to prevent a crime from being committed, which is exactly what he did, but maybe you’ll say it’s my duty to tell the town all about it and not hush it up. Know what’d happen then. All the ladies in Maycomb includin’ my wife’d be knocking on his door bringing angel food cakes....   [tags: tom, atticus, mr. finch] 691 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - In the time around 1931, slavery had been abolished for almost seventy years, and many Black were living in society just like everyone else because they had the right to. Still, people didn’t treat them like they belonged, despite the government officially declaring it so. The majority of Whites made sure they had nothing to do with Blacks, for they might also face being disrespected or looked down upon. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, many outcomes may have resulted differently because of people of the town of Maycomb’s racism towards Black....   [tags: slavery, blacks, unfair system]
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... This moral growth was evident in her response to a classmate calling her father a disgrace for defending Tom Robinson, a black man. Scout narrated, “I drew a bead on him, remembered what Atticus had said, then dropped my fists and walked away, ‘Scout’s a cow-ward!’ ringing in my ears. It was the first time I ever walked away from a fight. Somehow, if I fought Cecil I would let Atticus down. Atticus…rarely asked Jem and me to do something…I could take being called a coward for him” (102). Although she remained fiercely dedicated to her family, Scout no longer felt compelled to fight those who sought to defame their reputation....   [tags: aggression, reputation] 795 words
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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - To Kill a Mockingbird, written by the very talented and influential author Harper Lee, was published in the 1960’s. This novel was immediately successful. It won the Pulitzer Prize, and has become a popular book read throughout American literature. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird tells the story of a family growing up during the Great Depression through a series of symbolic events. “Symbolism is, indeed, used extensively by Harper Lee in her timeless classic, To Kill a Mockingbird. The symbolism reveals the prejudice and narrow-mindedness of the common citizens of Maycomb County, the fears they have, and all of the immoral things they do” (Symkowski)....   [tags: stroy and character analysis] 1627 words
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To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - Harper Lee grew up in Alabama in a time when racism was rampant and the people were merely sustaining an adequate life due to the Great Depression. The story is set in the rural town of Maycomb, which is a place where, “there was no hurry, for there was no place to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with...” Maycomb is a slow paced, hot, poverty-stricken Alabaman town with outdated infrastructures where people had old-fashioned values and traditional views. These factors then spread an outbreak of fear, which dramatically steers the course of the novel....   [tags: Conflicts, Fear, Racism] 842 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Do people ever really grow up. In all sincerity, do they ever truly grow up, or do they only grow older. Nonetheless, it is a very difficult task, growing up. Most of the time, no one ever really wants to until they are absolutely forced to. Well, that is what happened to Jem Finch. Who is Jem Finch. He is a very prominent character in a very prominent book: To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Harper Lee does an exemplary job of displaying different character dynamics, like growing up (of course), through many of her younger characters, and especially through Jem Finch; although one may argue he seemed to change at a rather exaggerated pace in the book, it is quite evident that he still ma...   [tags: Character Analysis, Jem Finch, Literature]
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... Although the novel establishes that the town of Maycomb had women and minorities, the jury itself was monochromatic and was only consisted of twelve white men. It was due to this absence of diversity that inhibited the Maycomb jurors from granting Tom Robinson unbiased and honest trial. The Scottsboro Boys In another similar case, nine black teenagers from ages thirteen to nineteen were arrested, falsely accused, and initially sentenced for raping two white women, Victoria Price and Ruby Bates, on a train in Scottsboro, Alabama in 1931....   [tags: story analysis] 830 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... He replies, “No, an agreement of mutual concessions. If you’ll concede the necessity of going to school, we’ll go on reading every night just as we always have. Is it a bargain?” (34-35). This quote from To Kill a Mockingbird shows to the reader’s the fairness of Atticus’ because rather than forcing Scout, he gives her the choice of going to school or not. Atticus knows that scout not going to school is not a really good idea but he lets her express her opinions anyways so that he can understand her reasoning....   [tags: story analysis] 1088 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - As children grow up, they open their eyes to the harsh truths in the world around them that they once did not understand or question. This is experienced by the main characters of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The story is of a girl called Scout and her older brother, Jem, who go through the trials of growing up in the fictional small Southern town of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s. Racism is rampant in the mindset of the townspeople, shown when the children’s lawyer father, Atticus, takes the case of an obviously innocent African-American man and they convict him in their hearts before the trial even starts....   [tags: Character Analysis, Scout, Jem] 1486 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is a novel written by Harper Lee. It is set during the early 20th Century in the fictional town of Maycomb. Lee has decided to write the novel from a child’s point of view because a child is innocent but as the novel progresses the narrator, Scout, loses her innocence as she deals with the complications of her father being a lawyer. The novel revolves around racism and Scout sees discrimination wherever she goes whether it is racial or social prejudice. The town’s people agree with the idea that whites are superior to blacks....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Essays] 545 words
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To kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - In the town of Maycomb, the residents have a very small intolerance for other people that they are not familiar with. There are many commonalities between people who accept others, such as Atticus and Scout. Atticus has discussed with Scout to put yourself in their skin and understand how they feel. So one commonality they have is they put themselves in your place and judge how you live and what decisions you will make. Another commonality is a strong sense of justice between people who accept others and the people accept others not because of their skin but for their morals....   [tags: racial discrimination, maycomb, hate]
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... Atticus knows though that Tom is innocent and deserves to have a fair trial. “Link, that boy might go to the chair, but he’s not going until the truth’s told” (Lee 146) . Atticus demands justice no matter who it is or what they’ve been accused of. He understands what needs to be done to give those who have been wrongly accused an honest hearing. Aside from believing in justice Atticus is also very wise. He understands things that the children could never get. He views situations from a different perspective than the rest of the community....   [tags: character analysis, Atticus Finch] 675 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - If a poisoned seed is planted, an unhealthy plant will grow. Its offspring will be rooted in poison, and if it is not destroyed nothing healthy will grow. Maycomb is like a venomous plant, raising its young to hate one another and divide themselves among castes. The town is unwilling to destroy the old, to create beauty and peace from the ruins. Harper Lee’s 1960 Pulitzer Prize winning historical fiction novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, describes the life of a young southern woman in the 1930’s, and the many obstacles she and her family face....   [tags: Literary Analysis] 2482 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... This shows that law is the ultimate decider over the people, and that the people should respect the law because it upholds the regulations of the nation. Law establishes safety in society, keeping the citizens rights protected. In the town of Maycomb, law is keeping the people civil. Sheriff Heck Tate is the one who keeps the people safe in the town. For instance, when the rabid dog is roaming around the neighborhoods of Maycomb, Heck Tate and Atticus find it just to protect the people, and Atticus “takes the dog’s life” pg 126....   [tags: story and character analysis] 530 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - Many view America as a land of opportunity, one that preaches freedom and has specific laws to ensure the equality of this pursuit of freedom. Despite the intention of promoting freedom and equality, many American laws transcend these values and mirror the true sentiments of our nation’s constituents. These laws cannot serve to uphold equality if that intention does not come to fruition in their practice and application to societal issues. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Tom Robinson, a black man in a mostly white community, faces accusations and a subsequent trial for the rape of Mayella Ewell, a white girl of the town....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Essays]
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - “To never go a day without learning, this is my prayer” (Unknown). Little Jem seems to be subconsciously living by this creed. Jeremy Atticus Finch is one of the leading protagonists in the potent Bildungsroman “To Kill a Mockingbird” written by Harper Lee, and published in 1960. This influential coming-of-age story depicts various analogies of growth by morphing individual accounts of development into a bigger portrait. It displays the improvement as well as the need for improvement in society as a whole....   [tags: Character Analysis, Literary Essay]
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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - ... She deals with Bob Ewell harassing her father, the dark times of the Tom Robinson trial, and Atticus getting ganged up on. The scene when Mr. Cunningham and others are surrounding Atticus, Scout seamed to be confused onto what was happening. In the middle of the scene Scout comes forward to Mr. Cunningham and says, " I go to school with Walter... a real nice boy. We brought him home for dinner one time" (Lee 205). Mr. Cunningham's reaction to this is to clear out and leave Atticus and his kids alone....   [tags: story and character analysis] 565 words
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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - In her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee creates an abundance of unforgettable characters as the novel progresses. Although there are many significant characters, Atticus Finch is most important and impactful. As many traits are displayed by Atticus throughout the story, it is his compassion that is most impressive. Atticus shows compassion in the novel when he represents Mr. Cunningham against an entailment without cost. As Scout attempts to inform Miss Caroline of Walter Cunningham’s financial situation, Scout shares with the readers Atticus’ consideration towards Mr....   [tags: story and character analysis] 515 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - Literature often questions the moral nature of human beings: whether humans are born an innocent, blank slate that is fundamentally good but the world’s tribulations harden their hearts and minds creating complex creatures of both good and evil, or whether humans are born purely evil and society helps mask the evil with superficial decency. The novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee approaches this question by skillfully dramatizing Scout and Jem’s evolution from lighthearted childhood naivety to a more austere adult perspective....   [tags: Novel Analysis] 766 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - Life Lessons Throughout their lives, individuals learn many valuable lessons that help them to grow and mature as human beings. This is evident numerous times throughout Harper Lee’s fictional novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Individuals in this novel learn these amazing lessons through Atticus Finch’s extraordinary teachings of morals. Atticus goes on to further teach valuable lessons of courage. Lastly, Atticus continues to teach valuable lessons, about sacrifice. Throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is portrayed as an extraordinary character who teaches valuable life lessons about morals, courage, and sacrifice....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Essays]
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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - The reference “Raised by an irresponsible mother during the Great Depression in the Jim Crow south, my father was on his own from the age of 13” shows both the racism and the economic collapse occurred in the nation during the 1930s. The 1930s was a difficult time for most people in America. It was the era of the Great Depression and the Dust Bowl, which cost many workers their jobs and many farmers their farms. The 1930s was also a time of pervasive and sometimes violent racial prejudice....   [tags: story and character analysis] 1173 words
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Comparing the Works of Harper Lee - Both To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck are classic novels in literature that portray major topics such as early Southern life, racial injustice, and the importance of innocence and compassion. The unique and successful authors Steinbeck and Lee both share common characteristics in their most famous and well recognized books. The setting, major themes and symbols to personify innocence are literary similarities between the two stories. Although Of Mice and Men takes place in California, it is in the southern part of the state....   [tags: Literary Analysis ]
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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - Controversial subjects and events have arisen since time began. When these topics are emerging, developing, and being discussed, the perfect opportunity arises for people to formulate their opinions and support and develop them based upon their current knowledge, values, beliefs, and morals. There are always people who tend to voice their opinions louder and more obnoxiously than what is necessary or appropriate; conversely, there are also people who develop their own opinions and feel just as passionate as the loud people but don’t know how to go about expressing their opinions and, therefore, remain unheard....   [tags: literary analysis]
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - The Innocence Within Thoughts are like seeds that take root in our minds. They spawn feelings and more thoughts that can have powerful consequences. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, the views of the townspeople in the 1930’s Southern town of Maycomb greatly impact the lives of two innocent men. The people make false accusations against Tom Robinson and Arthur “Boo” Radley because they are different. These characters are representative of the author’s reoccurring symbol of the mockingbird, which signifies innocence, and subjects them to vulnerability....   [tags: Innocence, Novel Analysis] 1187 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem and Scout grow up learning how people in Maycomb treat one another. In a large portion of the novel, characters of the rich and the poor are involved in Tom Robinson’s case. Some characters are mockingbirds (someone or something that only does good), but nobody was able to see how they could be. Maycomb is infected with racism and prejudice affecting how people view one another including the mockingbirds and the innocent: Mr. Dolphus Raymond, Mayella Ewell, and Walter Cunningham....   [tags: the rich, the poor, mockingbirds]
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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... Especially a great English literature teacher. A ‘good’ English literature teacher will teach their student the basis of grammar, composition, and structure then application of English writing. But a great English literature teacher will forever have a lasting impact upon their disciple, a great teacher will be able to provide their students with genuine interest in the mechanics of English literature. A English teacher has the benefit of possibly motivating their students into becoming one of the worlds next best influential speaker, writer, poet, celebrity or artist....   [tags: english literature, ideologies, philosophy] 695 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... I also have an older brother that I used to play with all the time, but he was sometimes rude and called me names, much like Jem when he calls Scout too much of a girl. Though I may not have been as intelligent or sassy, I was definitely a tomboy. Though this book is written from a young girl’s point of view, even in the first hundred pages there are various forms of discrimination, such as sexism, classism, racism, and discrimination based on behaviour. Obviously, times were different, but I don’t think that is a go enough excuse for this much discrimination....   [tags: reading response journal] 823 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... This passage along with others are examples of how comparable these characters are in how they interpret problems. Another way that Jem and Scout show comparable traits is they both, at first, started out as immature kids and did childish things. This is eventually overcome, but is an enormous similarity between them. The best example of this is their taunting of Boo Radley and impersonations of the Radley family. They repeatedly play juvenile games throughout the beginning of the novel. One prime example of this from the story is when Atticus has caught the kids trying to pass a note to Boo Radley and is scolding them for acting childish; Scout narrates " 'You just told me,' he said....   [tags: story and character analysis] 1259 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... She doesn’t want to become like the Ewell’s who aren’t really respected. She believes that if Scout starts telling people that her cousin was in jail, people would start seeing the Finch’s as criminals. Aunt Alexandra is really trying to protect her reputation, so she isn’t treated unequal like Tom Robinson, or an Ewell. Later, when Scout and Jem come back from church with Calpurnia, they went to the church that was used by blacks. “Atticus, I’ll go next Sunday if it’s alright, can I. Cal said she’d come get me if you were off in the car.” “You may not” Said Aunt Alexandra (181).“You may not”, this is a powerful part of the quote because Aunt Alexandra not only believes she can interrupt...   [tags: story and character analysis] 853 words
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To Kill a Mockinbird by Harper Lee - ... If Bob were truly motivated to do the best with what he had he would have worked hard and spend his relief check on something useful. His malignant laziness bared its teeth to the readers when he was fired from the WPA. Bob was a man set in his ways, if he didn’t truly have to do something then why would he do it. Bob did not do the best with what he had. He had more than one opportunity to raise himself from the hole he has been digging for over 10 years, and did not. Bob was a very lazy man, and did not try very hard to work for money....   [tags: story and characte analysis] 555 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... However, Scout tried to maintain her tomboy image, by arguing their ideas of what they believed was the proper way for her to behave and dress. Being told what to do was not enough for her to reconsider her ways. It was not until she began watching how other women behaved, that she re-assessed her view on femininity. She had not got the opportunity to be around many females, as she had always been with the boys. Scout had always hung out with Jem and Dill, where they all, including Scout, played “as boys should.” Scout was always just another one of the boys to them....   [tags: societal norms of gender roles, story analysis] 798 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... Underwood, Maycomb’s newspaper editor, likens Tom’s death to the “senseless slaughter of innocent songbirds by hunters and children” in the editorial he writes immediately after the Negro’s death. As shooting a mockingbird results in the loss of a sweet song-maker, the death of Tom brings no good fruit—it only satisfies the destructive racial prejudice of the South. Tom is also targeted for the same reasons that mockingbirds are targeted for—his appearance. Mayella and Bob Ewell go after him because he’s black, just as hunters shoot mockingbirds for their feathers....   [tags: story analysis]
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... Merriweather is gossiping about other folk from town she says “’I tell you there are some good but misguided people in this town…’’’ (265-266). She judges Atticus on this decision to stand up for Tom. She believes that he is misguided in his choices. Furthermore, Mrs. Dubose is another example of a person who judge’s people based on their behavior. Once when Jem and Scout were going by Mrs. Dubose they fear that “[They] would be raked by her wrathful gaze, subjected to ruthless interrogation regarding our behavior… ‘Once she heard Jem refer to our father as ‘Atticus’ and her reaction was apoplectic’” (114-115)....   [tags: stoy analysis] 594 words
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