Critical Lens: to Kill a Mockingbird Essay

875 Words Oct 17th, 2012 4 Pages
Sammie Clemmey February 2, 2012
Critical Lens Essay - TKAM English 9 – Friedman

To Kill a Mockingbird Critical Lens Essay

“It takes a village to raise a child”, is an African Proverb. In other words, it can take more than just a child’s nuclear family to make her grow into who she will be as an adult. This lens is true because even though parents and siblings have a major effect on a child, and how they turn out later on in life, society and a child’s surrounding are what really shapes, and makes them who they are. What a child sees when he or she is new to the world, and doesn’t know everything, effects their behavior, and outlook on their life ahead. This lens is illustrated in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by
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Scout mentioned earlier, before Miss Caroline had said this, that she had read most of My First Reader, and the stock-market quotations from The Mobile Register, which Miss Caroline took great insult too, for she thought that Scout was lying to her. When Miss Caroline scolded Scout, something inside of her seemed to click on. She immediately went home after school and told her father how she shouldn’t be reading anymore at home, because Miss Caroline will teach her at school. Atticus politely chuckled at this, and said that it’s okay if Scout reads at home, as well as school, but said they could read a little less, so she learns more at school. Scout is strong, and she will always stick up for herself, and her brother, and her father. But when it comes to an adult telling Scout to do something, she is too polite to say no. Which is why she listened to Miss Caroline, and this shows how Scout is growing up, and being more responsible and listening to other people, and the ‘village’ is helping to raise her. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, we see the many different types of social classes that there are in Maycomb. The Finches are in the upper area of the social pyramid of Maycomb, with the many townspeople below them, and the not-so-well-off Ewells just above the very bottom of the pyramid, which is of course, the black community. Scout and Jem don’t necessarily realize that they are at the top

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