Summary Of ' Kill A Mockingbird '

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To Kill a Mockingbird is told from the view of Jean Louise (Scout) Finch. It is through her we are introduced to the social injustice, racial prejudice and problems rife in Maycomb’s society. Through Lee’s use of characters, objects and events we see how these issues are permeated into society, and I will be delving into these and explaining how they present the town of Maycomb.
In chapter 2 Lee presents the town of Maycomb to be poverty stricken, emphasised through the characterisation of Walter Cunningham. When it is discovered he has no lunch on the first day of school, Scout tries to explain the situation to Miss Caroline, an outsider, by stating: ‘He’s a Cunningham, Miss’. This quote presents that poverty issues within families have become such a normal occurrence in Maycomb that the children simply disregard it; and Lee uses the contrast of the townsfolk and Miss Caroline to show how deeply the poverty issues run within the town. It can also be inferred that the issues are such a natural occurrence, Maycomb has lapsed into becoming a town where the occupants are narrow minded and therefore are wary to help each other in desperate situations. The example of Walter Cunningham and his poverty situation shows that Maycomb is populated with citizens deeply unaware of the problem of poverty, which, Lee displays to the reader through important characters throughout the novel.
Besides poverty, Lee also presents the town of Maycomb as racist using the symbol of the mockingbird.…

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