Overtones In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Harper Lee is a fan of using subtle undertones and overtones everywhere in her book To Kill a Mockingbird. A good example of this is with the quote “‘Sometimes the Bible in the hand of one man is worse than a whiskey bottle in the hand of [another]...There are just some kind of men...who’re so busy worrying about the next world they’ve never learned to live in this one, and you can look down the street and see the results.’” (pg. 60). This quote, as a stand-alone, gets gears turning, but once it’s paired with the rest of the book, it gives an entirely new perspective on a problem that so many people ignore or don’t notice. Her book is completely littered with examples that back up this quote and it’s intended meaning. A few examples of this is when the foot-washers call Miss Maudie and her flowers a sin, when the foot-washers quote scripture to Miss Maudie and she quotes some right back, when Mrs. Farrow talks about the blacks as if they are wild animals, when Mrs. Merriweather talks about the cooks and field hands grumbling after Tom’s Trials and when Jem is explaining to Dill why Dolphus Raymond is somewhat of a town outcast.
Some of the extremely devout people (the foot-washers for example), tend to be more worried about the next life instead of enjoying the one they currently have. By preferring to be inside reading the Bible instead of outdoors enjoying life and wanting others to do the same, they show how the Bible gives the ability to be scrutinized less by peers. But

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