Harper Lee 's Kill A Mocking Bird

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‘Most blacks are unable to speak English well. They cannot conjugate verbs. They have a poor grasp of verb tenses. They have a limited vocabulary. They cannot speak without swearing. Many, when they testify, show a complete lack of empathy and are unable to conceal a morality based on the satisfaction of immediate, base needs. Most jurors are white and are appalled by the demeanor of uneducated, criminal blacks '.

The prevalent attitudes of the American Public in the 1930 's are brazenly conveyed in this quote. Black people were viewed as the epitome of moral, physical and mental ugliness and were ‘expected to be ' uneducated and wholly beneath white citizens. Although this mindset was fundamentally unavoidable for many at that time, the prolonged hatred for those considered ‘different ' is condemned in Harper Lee 's novel ‘To kill a Mocking Bird '. Although Lee was born in Alabama 1926- where racism, gender bias and the unfair distribution of wealth were normalised- she presents the problems she witnessed in America through advanced reflection and moral insight. More worryingly, when we realise the statement at the beginning of the essay was written on May 9th, 2014, by an American public defence lawyer, we need to ask ourselves… How far has society really progressed in terms of injustice?

Lee 's specific employment of climactic events facilitates an insight into the common occurrence of racial injustice. Her complex character descriptions provide contextual evidence…
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