To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee Essay examples

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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is a novel written by Harper Lee. It is set during the early 20th Century in the fictional town of Maycomb. Lee has decided to write the novel from a child’s point of view because a child is innocent but as the novel progresses the narrator, Scout, loses her innocence as she deals with the complications of her father being a lawyer. The novel revolves around racism and Scout sees discrimination wherever she goes whether it is racial or social prejudice. The town’s people agree with the idea that whites are superior to blacks. An example of this is when Atticus, Scout’s father, has to defend a black man who is accused of raping Bob Ewell’s daughter. Two of the main characters are Atticus Finch and Robert “Bob”…show more content…
Being a lawyer, Atticus is extremely busy though he still finds time for his children. He taught his children how to read and write from a very young age because he wants them to succeed in life. Bob Ewell is also a single father and has several children but he doesn’t care for them. They are usually left to look after themselves or sometimes helped by their older sister Mayella. When Burris, one of Bob Ewell’s many children, came to school on the first day and he had hair lice, he was kindly told to go home by his teacher and wash his hair but he was nothing but rude to her. His children are an example of what type of man he is because they go to school on the very first day but stay at home for the rest of the year. Their excuse for doing this is because they said their father needed them to help around the house, if a parent puts themselves before their own children then maybe they should not be a parent. When comparing both families’ houses it is as is they are on two completely different planets. The Ewell’s house can be found near the garbage dump of the town. It does not look very pleasant and seemed like they made little or no effort to make it look nicer. This also suggests that they do not care about their own appearance or personal hygiene since they live near a dumpster. It has been said that ‘They were people, but they lived like animals.’ The Finch’s house on the other hand is located on the better part of the town.

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