Essay about Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

1260 Words Mar 11th, 2016 6 Pages
To Kill A Mockingbird
As a timeless classic, the people expect certain requirements as a basic level of satisfaction. This level of satisfaction is only met when the novel exceeds these requirements, to name a few, having realistic characters, and providing the reader with different interpretations. The only reason why a timeless classic gets that title, is by having relatable characters to the reader’s life. If the reader cannot relate to the characters in daily life, the book is not a timeless classic, because books are supposed to provide a real life scenario. It should also have ambiguity, as without that, the reader is getting all the information from the text, and the reader is not thinking. Only if the reader thinks, he or she can relate to the novel. The novel To Kill A Mockingbird should not be considered a timeless classic because it has many instances of unrelatable characters, and gives the reader no room for interpretation.
To Kill A Mockingbird does not meet the first criterion of relatable characters, mainly shown through the characterization of Atticus, shown clearly after the trial, when Bob Ewell confronts Atticus. When Bob Ewell confronts Atticus, he spits on Atticus’s face. Jem then asks Atticus about the incident, and Atticus responds “The man had to have some kind of comeback, his kind always does. So if spitting in face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that’s something I’ll gladly take,” (292). Atticus’s attitude to Bob Ewell…

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