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To Kill A Mockingbird Language Analysis

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, Lee uses characterization and conflict to suggest that people’s actions are often driven by their morals and wants, and because people come from different ideas and backgrounds, the line between “good” and “evil” is often blurred. This results in a majority whose idea is usually taken to be right to avoid clashes between opinions, even if it has a negative impact on the minority of people

Claim: Children Evidence 1: “He had announced in the schoolyard the day before that Scout Finch’s daddy defended niggers” (Lee, Page 99) Reasoning: Through the actions of Cecil Jacobs, a local child, we see that he is not near old enough to form his own opinions, and he’s gotten his information from his parents. Because he is
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He’s obviously upset and enraged by this, shown through the comment of “he simply went mad”. He’s negatively impacted by the situation, and his emotions went wild. This is due to his opinion being against the majority, and as shown through Scout’s description of the event, Jem’s reaction was entirely uncalled for because it went against the majority. This has chipped away at him, all because of this blurred line. Evidence 2: Scout’s identity with herself Reasoning: Because her father is a silent supporter of equal-rights, and Scout has been shown that’s “wrong” by the rest of the people around her. The actions of her classmates, who have been raised to hate the minority, have always been taught this way, so they’re teaching Scout these ways. This has resulted in her being ashamed of Atticus, because the line between love and hate is blurred in this situation. This creates much unsurety within herself, who she wants to be, all because of some comments made by other people, and the obscurity between points of view.

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee weaves conflict and characterization together to make her point. Scout’s internal conflict, the actions of others, and the overarching conflicts make clear the, ironically, blurred line between “good” and “bad”. We’re also shown how this affects others, and the examples of how the “good” decisions aren’t necessarily always
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