Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ takes place in Maycomb, a tired town in Alabama where ‘There was

no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with’. Based

on Harper lee’s hometown, Maycomb is fictitious, a microcosm of society in America’s deep

south. Through Maycomb Lee presents the issues she sees in society such as the flawed

education system, prejudice towards outsiders, racism, and ultimately the dire need for

courage, in order to change these problems.

The reader is introduced to Maycomb’s flaws through the narrator Scout, who faces her first

real adversity from her school teacher. Scout presents her aptitude for reading and writing

to Miss Caroline Fisher who issues a rebuttal, 'now you tell your father not to teach you

anymore ', thus revealing her rigorous submission to a narrow way of teaching.

The system also neglects those who could benefit most from education. Walter Cunningham

explains ‘reason I can’t pass the first grade, Mr Finch, is I’ve had to stay out ever’ spring an’

help papa with the choppin’, but there’s another’n at the house now that’s field size’. The

declarative sentence shows how this seems entirely normal to Walter, because the system’s

flaws seem inevitable. The connective ‘but’ implies hope that his education may progress

due to a younger sibling taking over his jobs. However it also shows his place in a cycle

which prevents children like Walter from receiving an education, as it is very

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