To Kill A Mocking Bird, by Harper Lee

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To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee

"There's four kinds of folks in the world. There's the ordinary kind

like us and the neighbors, there's the kind like the Cunninghams out

in the woods, the kind like the

Ewells down at the damp and the Negroes". Jemchapter 23

What do we learn about the Maycomb society in "To Kill A Mocking

Bird"?

'To Kill a Mockingbird' is set out in Maycomb, a town Harper Lee has

narrated the story from Scout's standpoint. However she incessantly

replaces her approach in order to give a more adult opinion about the

events and experiences that happen in the book. She has interconnected

Maycomb with her home town Monroeville, Alabamaand Scout being

herself. Harper Lee has used colloquial language to add a twist of

central realism and true characterization in the novel.Harper Lee

hasreportedly has also used a sharp tongue, swears liberally and has

taken a keen sense of humour.

"Maycomb was an old town but it was a tired old town when I first knew

it…" As Scout has said Maycomb was an old town. It inter connects the

negative things that we can find in the novel made Maycomb. Maycomb

with old beliefs, old customs and old racist views about everyone,

even themselves, had developed racist subdivisions in their quiet

community as it says in the beginning of chapter one that 'It was a

quiet town' with 'nowhere to go, no one to go with'. The quote give us

an overall introduction as to what Haprper Lee has introduced as

Maycomb instead of Monroeville

The book is set in the 1930's but was originally written in the

1950's. Referring to the main context of the book, there is certain

real-life relevance...

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...d by factors like racism,

prejudice, educational system and the strong discrimination against

the Black community. The society is resistant to change, even after

the abolishment of slavery. Another factor that joins the list is

Hypocrisy, the white feeling superior to the Black people. Figures

like Mrs. Perkins represent Hypocrisy in the missionary circle .

However broad minded people like Atticus Finch have strong disbelief

in these Hypo critic factors. Reputation of the different categories

was taken very seriously in the society. Negroes who belonged at the

bottom of the triangle were neglected strongly by most of the white

community. In the end I would like to comment that the three basic

morals for the novel represent, not to be prejudice, not to kill

innocence and finally to achieve morals education is important.
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