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

1211 Words Jun 3rd, 2016 5 Pages
From Father Figure to Failure Authors often insert their personal beliefs, views, and prejudices through the depictions of their fictional characters. It is no different for Harper Lee, Pulitzer Prize winning author best known for her writings about Southern life during the 1930’s. Lee’s views on race were established in her first novel through the character of Atticus Finch, a widowed lawyer who serves as the novel’s moral conscience in terms of justice and acceptance. However, Lee’s second novel takes a more sinister turn as Atticus’ character is depicted as a racist affiliating with anti-integration and anti-black views. Lee’s perspectives on race and racial discrimination are clearly represented through the changes she made regarding Atticus Finch’s character in the first novel versus the second. After his wife’s death in To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch adopts both parental roles and holds as an archetype for a paternal figure to both his children as well as the readers. He is portrayed as the moral backbone of the town of Maycomb especially through his honest acceptance of all races. Considering the setting of the novel, a Southern town in the 30’s, the acceptance and acknowledgement of blacks as being equal to whites was highly uncommon and even discouraged. But Atticus is open with his views even when his daughter Scout asks him “You aren’t really a nigger-lover then, are you?” To which he confidently responds with “I certainly am. I do my best to love…

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