To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee has been banned and/or challenged over thirty times since its publication in 1960. Effectively preventing many students from enjoying the novel and benefitting from its message. To ignore racism is no different than denying it ever existed. To Kill a Mockingbird is appropriate for mature adolescence/students and should not be banned from schools. Despite its sexual related content, or profanity, a valuable lesson remains that should be taught to students.
Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is the story of two children coming of age and learning about their hometown and the whole world. The two children in the story are Jem and Scout Finch. Jem and Scout live with their father, Atticus, in Maycomb County. Throughout the story, many problems arise which teach both children about bravery. The three bravest characters in the novel include their neighbor Mrs. Dubose, a convicted black man named Tom Robinson, and their father Atticus.
Mrs. Dubose demonstrates courage through voluntarily quitting morphine for no benefit but to die clean. Mrs. Dubose wants to end her addiction to morphine when her doctor tells her she doesn’t have long to live so she dies clean. When Atticus is talking to Jem and Scout after returning from Mrs. Dubose’s house after her death he explains how “Mrs. Dubose was a morphine addict…she meant to break herself from it before she died, and that’s what she did. (Lee 127)” Jem was unaware that Mrs. Dubose was an addict and Atticus uses it to show Jem and Scout what a strong person she is by
The main characters of both, Reginald Rose’s play 12 Angry Men and Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, stand up for what is right even in the face of opposition. 12 Angry Men focuses on a jury 's deliberations concerning a homicide trial of which the accused, a sixteen-year-old boy, will be sentenced to death if found guilty. To Kill A mockingbird, on the other hand, is narrated by a six-year-old girl named Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch who lives in the southern American town of Maycomb. The plot primarily revolves around her father, the attorney Atticus Finch, striving to prove the innocence of a black man unjustly accused of rape, to a town steeped in prejudice. Throughout both narratives, the main characters, Juror Eight in Rose’s play and Atticus Finch in Harper Lee’s novel, display similar characteristics and stand up for what they believe is right. They share many character traits and emphasise justice. Although they are both are confronted by disapproval, they manage to resist external influences with grace, though their methods may diverge at times. Ultimately both defend the accused of their respective trials, even though it is an unpopular and degraded position in the eyes of their fellows.
“Simply because we’re licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win” (Lee 101). One of the major lessons of Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird is to always do the right thing. The text is told through the narrator Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. She lives in the small, old town of Maycomb, Alabama with her brother, Jem Finch and her father, Atticus. Across the street from the Finch lives Arthur “Boo” Radley who is believed to be a horrible human. Rumor has it he eats squirrels and cats and is locked in the basement of his house for these actions when he was a teen. Throughout the novel, there is also a trial that has inundates the whole town. It is between Tom Robinson and the daughter of Bob Ewell. Mr. Ewell is a disgrace to the town. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses characterization to show that people should always do the right thing even when faced with big obstacles.
The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, where the fight for equality is strong. For Charles Baker “Dill” Harris, a seven year old boy, the events in this small town will change his view of the world. Although he is originally from Meridian, Mississippi, he spends his summers in Maycomb, with his Aunt Rachel.
In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the main character Scout Finch lives with her brother, Jem, and their father, Atticus Finch, who is a lawyer in the southern Alabama town of Maycomb. They also have a black maid Calpurnia which allows the children to see that black people aren’t so different and thus they do not have the racial bias unlike most of the people in their town. The setting is also very important to note that around the Great Depression southern America was still heavily racist. During one of their many summers, Jem and Scout befriend a boy named Dill, who has come to live in their neighborhood for the summer and the three bond and play games together. Dill becomes interested in the ominous house that contains a mysterious
Gaze at the timeline of history and one will stumble across selfish acts that have dominated our era – acts that have defined people’s true character and make a firm line for where their morals stand. It is rare to find a person that will put their needs before any others in the moment simply due to it being their first instinct – people whose morals are designated to helping others at all cost before their own. Morality is not defined by skin color, race, or social class; it is defined by the good intentions people have for others solely for who they are, despite what race they may be. Within To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper lee, a plethora of characters such as Mr. Underwood, Calpurnia, and Link Deas radiate true morality with the actions they portray. Whether it be by giving the respect to someone they deserve despite what race they might be, or not sitting back and watching an innocent person suffer despite what troubles may lead down the road, these characters put aside the racial quota within Maycomb. They don’t let the label of “blacks” let them see who the person really is, they define the person by their character and who they are on the inside and not what’s seen on the out.
Courage, in the words of Atticus Finch, is “...when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” (Lee 149). This quote from Jem and Scout’s father becomes the foundation upon which their idea of courage is based. The real lesson they learn here is that courage can come from anywhere, and it is exactly what Atticus wanted them to believe, since he also says that “I wanted you to see what real courage is instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.”(Lee 149). This directly indicates that Atticus wants the children to see and understand that courage is not always obvious or apparent, but also that courage is a trait that it can come from unexpected places. The children benefit and learn from this lesson, but Jem in particular begins to
Harper Lee was born on April 28, 1926 in Monroeville, AL. Recently, she died on February 19, 2016 in her hometown. One of her most famous books published, To Kill a Mockingbird, occurred on July 11, 1960. It instantly became a success and won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961. The novel received positive reviews and achieved bestseller status. The plot and characters loosely resemble the author’s observations of her family and neighbors along with an event that occurred near her hometown around age 10. Many people look at To Kill a Mockingbird as autobiographical of Harper Lee’s life. Lee’s father is similar to the character Atticus Finch, being an attorney who defended two African Americans accused of murder. Also, Lee had a brother who like
All through America 's history, individuals have confronted numerous issues. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee shows a portion of the issues that America managed in the 1930 's. J.B. Lippincott published the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird in 1960. Harper Lee splendidly shows the issues of good training, social disparities, and prejudice in this novel.
To Kill a Mockingbird is concentrated on showing a child’s point of view in a time where many events were happening like the Crow Laws, Great Depression and very much segregation. Scout goes through this time frame believing that everyone is equal and should get equal opportunities. Even through the hard times like Tom Robinson’s case she keeps moving with a positive attitude that everyone is people ,not labeled black or white just people. This would be told very differently if told by Atticus because it is a much more mature viewpoint of Mr. Bob Ewell that doesn’t believe in equality, These events have definitely impacted how Scout tells the story and the parts that are incorporated into the story to show the impact Civil Rights leaders
“The turning point in the process of growing up is when you discover the core of strength within you that survives all hurt” (Max Lerner). As children begin the process of growing up they have to go difficult times and periods in order to become an adult. Even though the events may hurt, they still gain strength from those events and when then find that strength, then they begin to truly grow up. This lesson is learned throughout Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The story takes place in the 1930s in the small town Maycomb County, Alabama. The main character Scout starts the story out as a young girl who behaves as a tom-boy and she favors fighting rather than talking out her feelings. Scout’s father Atticus is trying to teach her how to mature, but it is a long process. Her older brother Jem and their best friend Dill contribute toward her staying immature by messing around with the neighbors, specifically the Radley’s. They become fascinated with the mysterious son, Arthur (Boo) Radley. But overtime, he becomes insignificant because of Atticus’s job and the stress that it puts on the family after he takes a difficult case. As a result of this case Scout matures faster than normal because of the difficult material. Throughout the novel, Scout becomes more mature causing her to strengthen her compassion toward others, which shows how through growing up, people experience situations that cause them to understand the appropriate way to act.
The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was written by Harper Lee and published in 1960. The story depicts a family consisting of a father, Atticus Finch and his two children, Jeremy Finch (Jem) and Jean Louise Finch (Scout) in a racist southern town called Maycomb during the Great Depression. The major plot in the novel is one where Atticus, a lawyer, chose to defend Tom Robinson, an innocent black man accused of raping a poor white woman. Atticus’ choice to defend a black man was not well received by many in the town. Many criticized Atticus for taking such a controversial case, especially with young children. Important themes in the novel include ones about morality, equality, sin and parenthood. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus was an admirable father, proving to be instrumental to the growth of Jem and Scout.
In a book “to kill a mockingbird,” which was written by Harper Lee. the main character in the book was Atticus Finch, who is a lawyer in Maycomb, Alabama. he has two children, who are Scout and Jem. the symbol of Mockingbird in the book title and the story related to the innocent and oppressed people, which the people judge them without knowing them right, in another world take advantage of someone weaker than you. there are many Mockingbirds in the book, but I want to focus on the most Mockingbirds who are Tom Robinson and Boo Radley in this essay.