Analysis Of ' Kill A Mockingbird ' By Harper Lee

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Social Inequality is an issue that the American society has been struggling to solve for generations. Though we would like to say that this problem has been solved throughout time, it sadly has not gotten much better. In the classic novel To Kill A Mockingbird, author Harper Lee takes us back in time to when this issue was more commonly known, the 1930’s. The Finch family had lived in the town of Maycomb for generations and throughout the book it was clearly shown and stated how both women and blacks were seen differently because of their race or gender. After taking a closer look at Lee’s symbolism, characterization and foreshadowing used to describe the rough times that both women and African Americans had to go through. One very common literary device that was shown throughout the novel was Lee’s use of symbolism. The references to mockingbirds throughout the book played a huge role in showing social inequality at its finest. An example of this device being used is when Miss Maudie Atkinson refers to mockingbirds when having a conversation with Scout. “Mockingbirds don 't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don 't eat up people 's gardens, don 't nest in corn cribs, they don 't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That is why its a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 119). When first reading this it is not very clear what the author is trying to say, but, it is actually showing symbolism towards social inequality in the strongest ways. Just like how
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