Characterization Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essays

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Author Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and Director Gary Ross’ ‘Pleasantville’ both explore the ideas of racism and prejudice in order to appeal and make meaning for the reader/audience. Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ set in 1930’s Maycomb, Alabama, and Ross’ ‘Pleasantville’ set in the fictional 1950’s town use characterisation, setting and symbolism to highlight the depth of racism and prejudice that is embedded and its consequences.
Characterisation is used in Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ and Ross’ ‘Pleasantville’ for the audience to develop a deeper understanding of ‘Good Vs Evil’. Scout Finch, the narrator and a main protagonist in Lee’s novel is seen as the innocent child and a mockingbird herself with the quote “…I was slowly drying up, wondering what idiocy I had committed... 'What 's the matter? ' I asked.", foreshadowing the extent of her naivety and unawareness towards danger to the audience. However, David, Pleasantville’s protagonist, entirely understood the risk and supported the ‘coloured’ people to evoke the feeling of safety and acceptance in the audience. Scout’s father, Atticus Finch, a peaceful lawyer and David, a teenager-turned-hero are alike in character as they both portrayed the Good in the ‘Good vs Evil’ conflict and stood their ground, whether it be defending Tom Robinson or an assembly of people. Atticus and David both reasoned with the courtroom against the racism and prejudice, leaving a measurable effect. Atticus’ client Tom Robinson, a…

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