Literary Criticism Of To Kill A Mockingbird

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Literary Analysis of To Kill a Mockingbird
By firelight Cherokee natives once gathered to tell a story of a fierce battle between two wolves ; one benign, the other malevolent. The myth tells that this conflict goes on within each person, and the wolf that a person feeds, wins this clash. The people of Maycomb experience this internal conflict, demonstrating both acts of bravery and bitter intolerance. As Tom Robinson’s trial inches slowly towards its inevitable inequitable conclusion, Scout and her brother Jem are exposed to the complexity of their town and its residents. The Finch siblings are made to question the morals on which they’ve been raised, as Bob Ewell spits words of hatred, Ms.Maudie bakes her cakes and the spectral Arthur Radley (Boo) watches over his children in the dark isolation of his own home. Through her themes of Discrimination, Integrity, and Courage in her work To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee highlights the coexistence of both benevolence and malevolence within human beings.
Throughout her novel, Harper Lee makes Discrimination extremely apparent. As Cecil Jacobs attempts to start a fight with Scout he declares to the whole schoolyard that, “Scout Finch’s daddy defended niggers,” he brings to light how shameful the town thinks of this.(Lee 85) Atticus’s high standing and respect in the community plummets because of his newly adopted cause. Regular everyday people gossip about this, causing Scout and Jem to be harassed by the kids at school. As

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