Civil Rights Movement in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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To Kill a Mockingbird was a 1960’s novel written by the author Harper Lee from Alabama during the Civil Rights Movement which inspired the theme of her book; racism. The book is set in the 1930’s in Maycomb which is a very poor town. The book is written in the view of Jean-Louise ‘Scout’ Finch a 6 year old girl who is the son of lawyer Atticus Finch and has a brother called Jem. They are close neighbours to the dreaded Radley family and especially Boo Radley the son who they are terrified of. Boo has been judged unfairly by the whole town of Maycomb because no one had seen him in years, people were just going along with old wives tales about him stabbing his mother in the leg. This unfair judgement links in with the racial prejudice that occurs in Maycomb when black people are treated poorly just because of their colour. Racism and Segregation happens throughout the book for example when Scout is at school and her teacher Miss Caroline finds out Scout can read she tells her she can’t read because the rest of the class cant, she gets off to a bad start with Miss Caroline when she tries to explain Walter Cunningham can’t afford anything because his family are very poor which gets her in trouble. Also Miss Gates who is very hypocritical says she condemns what Hitler is doing to the Jews which would make you think she believes in racial equality but then she says she doesn’t want blacks to get equal rights and they shouldn’t be treated fairly. One of the key characters in this
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