The Importance Of Courage And Morality Of Scout And Jem Finch By Harper Lee

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How has the composer of the text you have studied appeal to young adult readers through the values (themes) present and the techniques used to convey these values?

The vital themes explored in Harper Lee 's ‘To Kill a Mockingbird ' are still as relevant and confronting to the young adults of today as it was to the novels young central characters, Scout and Jem Finch. Through Lee 's understanding of the context, exhibited by her precise depiction of a prejudiced town, we are able to gain an authentic insight into the general disposition of the town and the unspoken codes and values of the people that make the prejudices in Maycomb so prominent and accepted. We see the growth in understanding and maturity in the children as they come to realise the hidden darkness in their hometown, as a result of the killing of Tom Robinson following the unjust court case. Scout and Jem 's altruistic father, Atticus Finch, demonstrates the values of courage and morality in the small but greatly prejudiced town of Maycomb. The themes of context, growing up, prejudice and courage studied in this novel appeal to young adults because they are still appropriate, as well as confronting, in our time.

Lee perfectly uses the context of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird ' to create a realistic depiction of the Deep South during The Great Depression. By having the novel set in the "tired old town" of Maycomb, which is an accurate microcosm of the greater Deep South, we can understand the inner workings of the
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