Analysis Of Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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redujice is not something we are born with; it is something that we grow to learn from who and what surrounds us, things that help to form our identity. Prejudice is an integral theme in Harper Lee’s, To Kill A Mockingbird. Prejudice is evident throughout the novel, not just in the appalling racism but also through, prejudice against different sexual orientations, gender constructs and feminism. Society had certain constructs that had to be met. Throughout To Kill A Mockingbird, Lee breaks the bounds to overcome barriers, and challenge social constructs. This feature article delves into how two different generations, can be affected by the same one issue; two birds, one stone, the 1960s and today’s contemporary society, pained by…show more content…
This is apparent in To Kill A Mockingbird when Calpurnia, the Finch’s maid, has two different ways of speaking, the ‘white’ way, and the ‘coloured way’. When she was around the Finch’s or their company she would speak as eloquently as possible, and when she was amongst friends she would speak more inarticulately. “Suppose you and Scout talked coloured-folk’s talk at home – it’d be out of place, wouldn’t it? Now what if I talked white-folk’s talk at church, and with my neighbours? They’d think I was puttin’ on airs to beat Moses’ (Lee, p.136). This aspect could resonate with many readers during the 1960s as making your identity conform to other people was quite common. People used to have to put on accents to fit in. To Kill A Mockingbird is narrated from the perspective of a child which in turn makes the reader question why things are the way they are. After reading the novel, the 1960s generation may have begun to think, if a child, as young as Scout, is able to decipher that the treatment of different social groups and political groups is wrong, then how have we, as adults, come to allow to such unjust treatment of other individuals. In turn, this impacts on the values, attitudes and beliefs of the readers, which make up their identity. “Those of us who began working in the 1960s and ‘70s live to work. Our identity is wrapped up in what we do. Young people today work to live. They are more concerned about spending time with family and friends” – Elaine
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