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Use Of The Death Penalty In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The death penalty is just one of the many things that the young protagonist, Scout, has to face in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird. The novel is written from the perspective of a seven year old child in the early 1930s. In the novel we see Scout's father, Atticus, deal with a rape case in which he is defending a man of color. In the 1930s if the verdict were made of ´guilty´ the defendant was faced with the death penalty. When english settlers came to America they brought with them capital punishment, better known as the death penalty. The first recorded use of capital punishment in the colonies was in 1608. The death penalty was used for cases such as murder, treason, and oddly enough, stealing grapes. The death penalty often varied from
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