Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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The 1960’s text To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a classic novel in modern American literature. In the novel Lee addresses many key issues in our past society but many of those are still occurring today such as racism, inhumanity, violence, gender inequality and justice. The story is told through the eyes of a 6 year old girl, Scout Finch. Scout lives with her father, Atticus, a lawyer; her older brother Jem; and their Negro cook, Calpurnia. Lee uses Scout to express the story in a way that allows the reader to connect with the story. The audience becomes close to Scout. Her innocence, loyalty and forgiveness of the world’s injustices make her character endearing and easy to relate too. Lee uses Scout to view the text in a relatable way. This is an effective way to draw the reader to this novel. Lee was highly critical of racist attitudes in society and used the novel as a means to communicate her rejection of racist views. The distortion of justice seen in the conviction of Tom reflects the distortion that Lee saw in her society. Scout’s father takes on a case involving a black man, Tom Robinson, who has been falsely accused of raping Bob Ewell’s daughter, Mayella. It was in fact Bob himself who raped Mayella and accused Tom. Despite overwhelming evidence of his innocence, Tom Robinson was sentenced to life in the Alabama State Penitentiary. He was shot dead by prison guards after an escape attempt. Tom was falsely convicted because of the town’s racist

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