Essay on Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

1025 Words Oct 12th, 2015 5 Pages
“This is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of man. There is not a person ... that has not told a lie or who has never done an immoral thing” (Lee 273). The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is during the great depression and takes place in Maycomb county, Alabama. It follows the lives of Scout, her brother Jem, and her father, Atticus and the problems they faced during the rough time. They have to deal with a court case that stirs up racism in their small, pleasant town. The case affects their lives for the better and for the worse and helps guide who they will become when they grow up. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee uses characterization to display the negative effects of racism and prejudice in society. Jem and Scout face with racism and prejudice from the trial that they were not involved in. Their father, Atticus was the lawyer for Tom Robinson, the person being accused. Scout is the first person to get upset over the people scoff about Atticus when Mrs. Dubose would call Atticus a “negro lover” to her and Jem’s faces, but Atticus would tell them “ Negro-lover is just one of those terms that don’t mean anything -- like snot-nose. It’s hard to explain -- ignorant, trashy people uses it when they think somebody’s favoring Negroes over and above themselves” (Lee 144). This proves the thesis because the people around them that they have known since they were little kids are talking bad about Atticus like he is the…

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