To Kill A Mockingbird Analysis Essay

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To ‘Kill a Mockingbird’ is a fairly long, complex novel that encompasses a wide range of issues and universal themes. Accordingly, Harper Lee’s highly acknowledged ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ emphasises the importance of people in positions of privilege to stand up and resist systemic discrimination in order to protect the innocent. Lee has fictionalised the infinitesimal county of Maycomb, a town set in the plot of her Pulitzer prize winning book. This piece of golden fiction is narrated through Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, a girl whose naivety increasingly declines as the story progresses; furthermore, her sense of morality. Her father, Atticus Finch is a lawyer who upholds high moral standards. Atticus was given the position to defend Tom…show more content…
Less significant character relationships include Miss Maudie, Mrs Dubose, Boo Radley etc. Atticus is a strong-willed believer in standing up for your own beliefs and distinguishing the difference between right and wrong. His relationship with Scout impacts the audience significantly as readers are narrated the story through Scout’s naïve eyes, evoking a more emotional aspect between Scout and Atticus. Atticus simply wants the best for his kids and for them to cultivate accepting the different cultures that Maycomb has to offer. This is clearly demonstrated in Chapter 9. “’If you shouldn’t be defendin’ him, then why are you doin’ it?’ ‘For a number of reasons’...’The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn’t represent this country in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again’...’every lawyer gets at least one case in his lifetime that affects him personally’” (page 81-82). Despite Atticus’ hesitation with the case, he accepts the indictment and the consequences that follows. Atticus is aware that if he didn’t take the case he would be perceived as heartless and ultimately racist, contrary to this, the characters in the novel felt sympathetic towards him for having to deal with this trial. “..do one thing for me if you will: you just hold your head high and keep those fits down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t let ‘em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a
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