Analysis Of Harper Lee 's ' Kill A Mockingbird ' Essays

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Set shortly after the civil war and the start of the great depression in the small fictional town of Maycomb County, To Kill a Mockingbird depicts the struggles of the Finch family as their reputation is bruised and battered for defending a black man in a still racially prejudiced court of law. The Finch family must overcome challenging obstacles through this rough period but in doing so they evolve as people. The antiquity of this book falsely makes it seem as if modern day adolescents will struggle to identify with the characters, despite this, the journey of adolescents throughout the novel such as the ever-evolving Jem Finch give an insight into the importance of building character for both adolescents in the past and present. Jem Finch begins as a well-mannered, playful young adolescent but he has a lot to learn before his transition into adulthood. He is only nine years old when the story begins but he soon finds himself involved in rites of passage where he must develop important traits such as courage, emotional control and selflessness. Harper Lee meticulously crafts the journey of Jem in such a way that even 55 years later adolescents are still going through the same rites of passage in order to further their journey through adulthood and find themselves recognising the importance of evolving their core character.
Portrayal of Jeremy “Jem” Finch by Phillip Afford in To Kill a Mockingbird 1962
Jem’s moral evolution begins in chapter 6 when he makes the decision…

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