Analysis of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Essay

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Analysis of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

In 1960, Harper Lee published her critically acclaimed book To Kill a
Mockingbird. Only a year after being published the American classic novel was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction as well as the
Brotherhood Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews.
Gregory Peck stared as Atticus in the successfully adapted 1962 motion picture of To Kill a Mockingbird that won an Academy Award. This book is based on many childhood experiences that Lee herself encountered growing up in Southern Alabama. This book is based on three children that learn about goodness and courage throughout their adolescence. In the course of their growing up the children do a great deal of
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The majority of
Maycomb's townspeople have lost all of their money and are barely getting by. Some of the populace get paid for their services not by money but what the customer can afford to part with. The three year span that this story covers utilizes the time at which is at hand.
One form of symbolism is the actions of the children in this novel. For instance, the building of a snowman by Jem and Scout one winter is very symbolic. There was not enough snow to make a snowman entirely out of snow, so Jem made a foundation out of dirt, and then covered it with what snow they had. The creation of the snowman by Jem can be seen as being symbolic of Jem trying to cover up the black man and showing that he is the same as the white man, that all human beings are virtually the same. Also the actions of Atticus Finch are also symbolic of the prejudice
South. It may not seem so at first, but the shooting of the rabid dog by
Atticus was greatly illustrative. Here the rabid dog, Tim Johnson, represents prejudice, and how, like a rabid dog, it spreads its disease throughout the South. Atticus Finch is seen as the hero as he kills racism and prejudice, not allowing it to spread itself any further. Realistically,
Atticus was unable to kill the prejudice of Maycomb county.
The story of To Kill a mockingbird takes place in Alabama during the
Depression. It is narrated by the main character, Scout Finch. Her
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