The Influence Of Characters In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Imagine a game of plinko* where each spike has on it a word. Each word ranges from poverty to upper class, college to high school degrees, urban to rural, or even just different life experiences. Every single spike affects the ball’s path down to the bottom. However which spikes are the most influential in guiding the ball to its endpoint. Social aspects of life shape what we believe through tv, media, and the people around us.

TV has become a consistent factor of how we see life. A good example of how televised media affects us and our beliefs is medical shows. Writer Allison Van Dusen from NBCnews says “people get a lot of information from tv shows on many subjects- including medicine and health care- without realizing it.” ( Van Dusen
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Scout does not want to be seen as a girl because “Jem told me I was being a girl, that girls always imagined things, that's why other people hated them so…” (Lee 54) Whenever her brother accuses her of being a girl she denies it and tries to prove him wrong by going along with him and Dill. As a result she hates dressing in ‘girly’ clothing or doing what the others girls did. Though a main part of the story springs from prejudice “around here once you have a drop of negro blood, that makes you all black.”(Lee 216) This part of the book would imply that the racism in their town is based off their moral beliefs instead of social. However Atticus in his finishing statement said the barriers between races is a “time-honored code of our society, a code so severe that whoever breaks it is hounded from our midsts as unfit to live with.” (Lee 272) Atticus is trying to convey that society pressures people into believing in the hierarchy in maycomb, where your race or who mingle with is what you are to be judged by. Someone growing up in a town like that would most likely developing those same prejudices and beliefs from their peers and close-knit society around…show more content…
Especially with an upcoming election, how does it affect our vote? On social media so far “16 percent of registered voters followed candidates for office… [that number is] up 10 percent since 2010” If 16% of the voters can see a candidate going through their everyday life and sharing updates from their perspective that voter is bound to see see the candidate as a more likable person. Not only that but it gives a undecided voters a better chance of getting information more information about individual candidates or asking questions to them directly. Others would insist that a digital campaign can’t make a candidate appear more likable because “The degree of cohesion amongst members of the community... influence the nature of these relationships.” Meaning that personally knowing someone is the only way to make them likable, therefore since voters rarely meet or know the candidate a digital campaign is futile. To a contrary in The Dragonfly Effect they review President Obama’s social media campaign and how “The campaign didn’t simply create a Facebook fan page and a YouTube account and expect things to take off: they created an energy of involvement, of participation, and a sense of purpose in their supporters,”(Aaker and Smith) Obama could make connections through giving a people a feeling of community between them and the
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