To Kill A Mockingbird Analysis

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To Kill A Mockingbird takes place during the 1930’s, a time of intense racial inequity and prejudice. Harper Lee intends for the novel to display the harsh reality to the real world, and exhibit how life and society were really like during this period in history. Humanity’s views and morals have shown little sign of ever being able to accept change or difference as seen in particular issues such as racism, discrimination, sexism, prejudice etc. Whilst reading the novel, readers can identify these well-known problems and maybe even relate to some of the ideas that Lee is portraying. Lee uses symbols to effectively communicate and express her thoughts and opinions on the various themes of the book. Moreover, these symbols are able to tap into the subconscious mind to implement ideas that can be analyzed in order to understand their relevance to not only the plot line and major theme topics of the novel: appearance versus reality, conscience and integrity, and loss of innocence, but also to modern society. At first glance, Maycomb appears to be a quaint, peaceful town. Lee later proves this to be a common misconception made by outsiders. Throughout the novel, we come to learn the true nature and life of Maycomb. Underneath the picture perfect image, there is a disease spreading, infiltrating and infecting the minds of Maycomb. (pg 117). “Jem, I ain’t ever heard of a nigger snowman,” I said. To this Jem replies with “ He won’t be black for long.” (Lee pg 89) The snowman is a

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