Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is the story of two children coming of age and learning about their hometown and the whole world. The two children in the story are Jem and Scout Finch. Jem and Scout live with their father, Atticus, in Maycomb County. Throughout the story, many problems arise which teach both children about bravery. The three bravest characters in the novel include their neighbor Mrs. Dubose, a convicted black man named Tom Robinson, and their father Atticus.
Growing up is one of the most exciting processes that everyone will face in their life span but at the same time, it can also be one of the crudest and devastating. Children experience the world differently than adults because of the fact that most children have a blanket over their head to protect them from the dangers of the world. In their protective world, a child will most of the time only experience the joy and contentment. Once that blanket if lifted, the resentment and the unfairness will be shown. Throughout this process, many lessons are learned and the real world will be seen by the children. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout and Jem are each five and nine years old, and as the continues, these two children began to
Everyone remembers the days of their innocence and everyone remembers when it was taken away, but what does innocence really mean? Innocence means one is unsullied and does not yet know evil. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the mockingbirds represent the novel’s innocent characters. Scout and her older brother Jem live in the old town of Maycomb, Alabama. The two encounter different instances in which they begin to notice and question what has been occurring around them, as their father Atticus takes on a case. Harper Lee depicts how innocence fades as children grasp the painful realities they experience when Scout and Jem face harsh criticisms, are helpless against atrocities, and realize a new perspective.
A mockingbird is a harmless bird that makes the world a more pleasant place. In “To Kill a Mockingbird”, by Harper Lee, the mockingbird symbolizes Boo Radley and Tom Robinson/ They were both more than peaceful people who never did harm, until a man’s inhumanity hurt them or ruined their life. This novel exposes the inhumanity through various scenario’s throughout the telling of Scout’s story. Lee’s prize-winning novel has remained quite popular since its publication in 1960. Recalling her experiences as a six year old girl from an adult perspective, Jean Louise Finch, nicknamed “Scout”, describes the circumstances involving her
“As I often say, we have come a long way from the days of slavery, but in 2014, discrimination and inequality still saturate our society in modern ways. Though racism may be less blatant now in many cases, its existence is undeniable,” Al Sharpton once said. Racism and classism are prevalent motifs that existed more prominently in the past, and continue to exist in the present. Harper Lee elaborates on this universal idea in her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird which is about the protagonist, Jean Louise Finch, Scout for short, and her childhood which takes place in the somnolent Southern town of Maycomb County, Alabama. The novel talks about the crisis of conscience and race that rocked the fictional town of Maycomb during the Great
The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, was written by Harper Lee and published in 1960. The story depicts a family consisting of a father, Atticus Finch and his two children, Jeremy Finch (Jem) and Jean Louise Finch (Scout) in a racist southern town called Maycomb during the Great Depression. The major plot in the novel is one where Atticus, a lawyer, chose to defend Tom Robinson, an innocent black man accused of raping a poor white woman. Atticus’ choice to defend a black man was not well received by many in the town. Many criticized Atticus for taking such a controversial case, especially with young children. Important themes in the novel include ones about morality, equality, sin and parenthood. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus was an admirable father, proving to be instrumental to the growth of Jem and Scout.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout Finch and her brother, Jem, and their widowed father, Atticus, lived in town name Maycomb in Alabama. Because of the Great Depression everyone in Maycomb is suffering. The people who are farmers in Maycomb had a hard time harvesting. However, Atticus’s job, a lawyer can support his family’s needs. Jem and Scout met a boy named Dill, who has come to live in their neighborhood during the summer time. Dill, Scout, and Jem became curious about the rumors of Boo Radley, who stabbed his father in the leg. Jem, Scout, and Dill tried getting Boo Radley out of the house. Atticus told the kids to stop bothering Boo Radley and try to see life from another person’s perspective before making judgments. Later on, Scout and Jem found gifts that were left for them in a hole of a tree on the Radley property that was eventually filled with cement by Boo Radley’s brother, Nathan Radley. Scout and Jem begins the adventure of experiencing adulthood.
Everybody is familiar with the Pulitzer Prize winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This groundbreaking and heart wrenching piece of literature is famous worldwide for its realistic and historic story that is read in schools all over the United States. To Kill a Mockingbird demonstrates the gruesome truths of worldwide subjects such as: racism, religion, and domestic violence. In addition, this book establishes a variety of important messages to take away after reading. These important themes can relate in the lives of anybody that can identify them.
Pulitzer Prize winner ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ (1960) is a semi-autobiographical novel written by Harper Lee. Narrated through the eyes of young Jean Louise Finch (Scout), it is set in the fictional Maycomb County, Southern Alabama in the 1930s. The novel traces Scout and her brother Jem’s journey from a perspective of childhood innocence to adult maturity as they grow up under the moral code of their widowed father Atticus. Atticus accepts the demoralising task of defending an African-American who is unjustly accused of the rape of a white woman in a town ingrained in a code of prejudice and discrimination. It is through various perspectives and representations of individuals, times, concepts and places that ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ explores human morality. By using the character Atticus as a moral compass, we can compare and evaluate the various perspectives of characters in the novel. This allows the audience to analyse the way in which these representations create moral, ethical and social positions of discrimination.
This novel by Harper Lee has a seemingly curious title to a reader who looks at it in a literal way. Someone may argue that there are no mockingbirds in To Kill a Mockingbird but I beg to differ. An actual mockingbird may not play a large role in this story however the idea and connotation of a mockingbird becomes evident throughout the story in many characters. This is a major theme in the story and is shown through the characters Boo Radley, Mr. Raymond, and Tom Robinson all connected in the fact that they are innocent good hearted people corrupted by the evil surrounding them.
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Taught me many lessons that I apply to my life each day. To Kill a Mockingbird has made an incredible impact on my life and has made me realize many things. As I have gotten older I have begun to realize how things are not always as they appear to be. Whether it is people, situations or even opportunities. You may think you know or understand someone when in reality you may not even understand anything about the person at all. Today, society is often quick to judge and make assumptions about individuals without even knowing their story and sometimes even half of their story. Being a teenager and a young adult in the world today can be difficult. We are told how to act and how to dress according to the world’s standards. Harper Lee taught me the importance of being myself through her story about Scout. I now know how important it is to stand up for myself and never let anyone belittle my values.
Growth and development is a natural process in life. It can be seen through change in one’s behaviour and actions as a result of major life changing events or simply age. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee integrates growth and development as seen through the progressive maturity of her characters Jem, Scout and the citizens of Maycomb.
Children mature and grow up at different stages of their life for different reasons. The children may mature through tragic moments in their life or just through time passing. Jem and Scout are two characters in “To Kill a Mockingbird” that have matured throughout the whole novel. These two characters went through a crucial trial and had stereotyping, racism, loss and big learning moments. Jem and Scout were just like any other child but were in stages of maturing and growing up. Children including Jem and Scout mature through the influences of family, how they deal with loss and a rude awakening to the cruel unfair justice of the world.
In the movie To Kill a Mockingbird directed by Robert Mulligan portrays a story about a small town lawyer, who has taken upon himself to prove that Tom Robinson was innocent of raping a young woman by the name of Mayella Ewell. The only problem that Atticus faced was Tom Robinson was an African American at a time where racism was big, especially in the 1930’s. Atticus goes above and beyond to try and prove he was innocent. The end result was that Tom Robinson was guilty and was put in prison where he ended up dead. This film conveys and communicates a strong social issue of how racism often is more powerful than logic and reasoning due to fear.
Throughout the first half of Mockingbird Harper Lee builds a sweet and loving portrait of growing up in the disappeared world of small town Alabama. Harper Lee, nevertheless, proceeds to undermine her depiction of small town gentility throughout the second half of the book. Lee dismantles the sweet facade to disclose a rotten, rural underside filled with prejudice, ignorance, and social lies. However, no one in Mockingbird is totally evil or good. Every character is human, with human defects and faintness. During the 1950’s in the small region of Maycomb, the mentality of most southern society reflected that of the nation. Most of the people were racist and discriminatory. In the novel, these notions are explored by a young girl, Scout, using the point of view of Scout. This point of view works as, It is the voice of an insightful, self-governing six-year-old child and simultaneously it is the mature voice of a woman telling about her childhood in retrospect.