To Kill A Mockingbird Literary Analysis

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Charlotte Brontë a famous author said that,”Prejudices, it is well known, are most difficult to eradicate from the heart whose soil has never been loosened or fertilised by education: they grow there, firm as weeds among stones.” This illustrates how prejudice is a tough feeling to remove and once it is set it will never be removed. Education is the only way to combat it. It is Harper Lee’s essential message in the book To Kill a Mockingbird. In a small town in Maycomb, Alabama encompassed by prejudice two children Jem and Scout telling their tale. The main affair in this book concerns their father, Atticus who is a well respected legislative representative and lawyer. He is representing an honest black man by the name of Tom Robinson who has been accused of raping a white girl. Her name is Mayella Ewell who is part of one the poorest and most prideful families of the town. Arthur Radley is also another main subject in the town. Local children fear him because of myths and false stories about him. Scout narrates this entire story and offers her insight on events in the town. The book To Kill a Mockingbird portrays that prejudice is something that is engraved in the mind not born with, often it leads to pain and anguish, but through empathy and awareness the cycle of prejudice can be broken.

An influential idea is that prejudice is something people are taught it is not naturally engraved in the mind. Cecil Jacobs a boy in Scout’s classroom around the age of eight years
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