Essay on Analysis Of Harper Lee 's ' Kill A Mockingbird '

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Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ explores the concept of injustice in society and to achieve equity individuals must challenge the derisive views of society. The novel intertwines the social and racial segregation prevalent in the town of Maycomb. This discrimination is fortified through an honourable lawyer Atticus who defends a wrongfully accused black man. Atticus conveys moral fortitude and strength of his convictions of the prevailing views of society and disagrees with the ingrained racial prejudice. Similarly the protest song ‘Hurricane’ conveys the accusation to Rubin Carter of falsely convicted murder due his race rendering prejudice ubiquitous which is opposed by the artist Bob Dylan.
The integrity Atticus attains portrays his respect for all people’s welfare. The setting of the novel is in Alabama put into context during the 1930s. The values of society during this time was of great racial discrimination due to the Jim Crow Laws which buttressed the belief that ‘Blacks’ were innately intellectually and culturally inferior to Whites. Atticus portrays his morality as he agrees to defend Tom thus challenging the institutionalised anti-black racism from the Jim Crow Laws. This is highlighted through the characterisation “if I didn 't I couldn 't hold up my head in town, I couldn 't even tell you or Jem not to do something again… every lawyer gets at least one case in his lifetime that affects him personally. This one 's mine, I guess.” The mere fact that Atticus…

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