Analysis Of Harper Lee 's ' Kill A Mockingbird '

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Traditions and Beliefs An individual’s beliefs are often a reflection of the expectations placed on them by society, family, friends and themselves. The type of pressure experienced differs according to social status as well as level of education. To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee that follows the life of a young girl named Scout Finch and her experiences as she grows up in the small, Southern town of Maycomb. Through Scout and her family; ideas of injustice, prejudice, courage and character are expanded upon as she explores both her external environment as well as her inner self. As she learns about the world around her and develops opinions on its workings, she often finds herself being challenged by her community and their expectation of what her morals and values should be. More often than not, it is these social standards standing juxtaposed to the morals of the Finch family that help develop a deeper understanding of the ignorance that has shaped Maycomb and its citizens. With this ignorance came underdeveloped models of what each gender, age, race and caste should look like, and these models became the standard of normality for the town. Maycomb’s tendency to follow tradition without question only helped to solidify outdated expectations on collectives. As a direct result, the standards held by the community were considered to be correct, and those who thought otherwise were often pressured into altering their beliefs. Maycomb’s principles were based
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