Essay on To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee seems like a complete replica of the lives of people living in a small Southern U.S. town. The themes expressed in this novel are as relevant today as when this novel was written, and also the most significant literary devices used by Lee. The novel brings forward many important themes, such as the importance of education, recognition of inner courage, and the misfortunes of prejudice. This novel was written in the 1930s. This was the period of the “Great Depression” when it was very common to see people without jobs, homes and food. In those days, the rivalry between the whites and the blacks deepened even more due to the competition for the few available jobs. A very famous
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Jem begins to understand this lesson toward the end of the book when he wonders whether family status could be based more on education than on bloodlines.

In the novel the children have a slim vision of life. The reality of life to them is the life they have inside the walls of their home, with their father and Calpurnia. Magill and Kohler sate about the mental level of Scout:
With her childhood guided by a father in his fifties and a Negro servant, Scout Finch sees the world more with the eyes of an adult than with those of a child (Magill and Kohler 4696).

They see people like Boo Radley and Tom Robinson as demons. They do not realize how harsh and ugly the world outside their home is. The children mature and gain knowledge and understanding about things they did not know before throughout the novel. They especially learn about the ugliness of prejudice and racism. They thought Tom Robinson would not be found guilty, but he was found guilty as charged just because he was black. Atticus proves that Tom could not have raped Mayella because he cannot even use his left arm, but the jury still finds him guilty. The children learn about injustice and racism from their father. Atticus tells them that a black man’s word cannot be taken against a white man’s word. Scout is upset when she hears the comment made by Miss Gates when leaving the courtroom that it was good Tom was convicted because it would keep the blacks “in their

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