Identity, By Harper Lee

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Another book that portrays the theme of identity is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This novel has a five year old protagonist, who is discovering her identity at a very hard time; the Great Depression. She has some powerful traits that help her find out who she is. The society she lives in, attempts to have a large effect on her identity. Scout has to ignore her society’s high and racist standards, and create a new well rounded identity of her own. Harper Lee uses a dynamic character to explore the idea that the society that one is born into can have a tremendous effect on one’s identity in one of the best books of the twentieth century; To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel follows a traditional plot line, and takes place in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama in a time of the Depression, sexism, and racism. The protagonist, Jean Louise- called Scout because of her tom-boyish personality, is born in a small town in Alabama, and raised by her father. Her brother, Jem, is her role model and best friend for most of her childhood, as is Dill, who “[is] a curiosity” (Lee 8). The inciting incident occurs when Atticus is appointed to defend a black man accused of rape. Most of the story is centered on the events of the trial. As Scout is growing up, she has to understand racism, and deals with a lot of conflicts because of that. A boy at her school makes fun of her because “Scout Finch’s daddy defends niggers” (Lee 99). The climax occurs when the father of the girl, who got…

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