Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

analytical Essay
565 words
565 words

During the 1930's prejudice and racism was spread through the U.S. For example in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, the small town of Maycomb struggles with these aspects. Each character of the novel has a strong personality. Scout Finch is tough, always has an opinion, and is a tomboy. On the other hand Boo Radley stays hidden most of the time, but we all know he is actually a friend to Jem and Scout. Then there is Tom Robinson, a hardworking, strong, and innocent man. But what do all these characters have in common? They can all be analyzed as "mockingbirds". Throughout the novel each of their innocence is destroyed in some way. In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird several of these characters become a symbolic mockingbird including Scout Finch, Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson. Scout's innocence is lost the more she is exposed to the cruelty of the world. It is clear that in the novel she witnessed horrible things. 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 s...

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how in harper lee's to kill a mockingbird, the small town of maycomb struggles with prejudice and racism.
  • Analyzes how scout's innocence is lost as she is exposed to the cruelty of the world. she deals with bob ewell harassing her father, the dark times of tom robinson trial, and atticus getting ganged up on.
  • Analyzes how boo radley symbolizes innocence being destroyed because he has no loved ones to care for or love. scout believes exposing him to the public would be like killing an innocent mockingbird.
  • Analyzes how atticus helped tom through the trial and concluded to the courtroom, "as black as tom robinson's skin, a lie i do not have to point out to you... you know the truth."
  • Analyzes how harper lee's to kill a mockingbird shows the "good" and "bad". she symbolizes her characters as mocking birds, scout, boo, and tom.
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