To Kill A Mockingbird Critical Analysis

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To Kill a Mockingbird is a popular literary title. It’s one of the most famous pieces of literature. George W. Bush says that the book is “a meditation on family, human complexity, and some of the great themes of American life. At a critical moment in our history, Mockingbird helped focus the nation on the turbulent struggle for equality.” (Wayne, pg. 1) President Bush could not have been more right, To Kill a Mockingbird is a timeless classic, with themes that are still relevant in today’s world. To Kill a Mockingbird, tells the story of Scout Finch, who lives with her brother Jem, and their widowed father, Atticus. Jem and Scout become friends with a boy named Dill who they know from the neighborhood, and they are drawn to the…show more content…
Even today there are people being wrongfully accused of crimes based on their race. Schanberg in The Village voice writes “On April 19, 1989, five Harlem teenagers were accused of a rape that occurred in Central Park. Other charges included sexual abuse, assault, riot, and robbery. Under intense questioning, they first would confess in written statements and on videotape, but then retract everything, challenging that they had been intimidated, lied to, and pressured into making false statements. There was no physical evidence linking the teenagers to the crime, and no blood or semen match was present. The victim could not provide an identification of any assailant, because the battering left her with no memory of the attack or even starting out on her jog in the park. Even with little to no evidence, the five teens were convicted, and ended up spending 5-15 years in prison.” (Schanberg, The Village Voice) This case is a prime example of how even today there is still discrimination against individuals because they are African American, which is why they suspected of crimes based on ridiculous stereotypes. This discrimination is exactly what Tom Robinson faced in To Kill a Mockingbird.
Another theme in To Kill a Mockingbird is “Don’t judge a book by its cover”. The character Boo Radley is a recluse who has some mental issues. When he is never seen, the people of Maycomb County alter
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