Essay on Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

1125 Words Aug 27th, 2015 5 Pages
Where you live, who you interact with and the ideas and ways of thinking that you are exposed to all contribute to who you are. In the novel, “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, the ideas of racism and prejudice against black people are ones that are taught to the children and enforced by the elderly. Social constructs such as all women must be docile, elegant and ladylike while men are to be gentlemen, are examples of the many ideas engraved into the minds of the citizens of Maycomb County. In some ways these ideas may seem harmless, but they can easily manifest to become violent and harmful to certain individuals. The ideas portrayed in the novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” are used to show the negative aspects of ideas such as prejudice and racism and how they can negatively influence many people, especially children, whether they are aware of it or not.
Children are highly influenced by their surroundings. Their environment helps to shape their ideas and understanding of the world around them. The novel “To Kill A Mockingbird” is set in the 1930’s, in the midst of the Great Depression in the small fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama. As a close community, the citizens of Maycomb all know each other well. The main character of Harper Lee’s novel, Scout Finch, is affected through the book by her environment. Maycomb is a small place, isolated from any of the major cities and towns. Scout is a tomboy who lives in a small town. The small town ideologies such as black people…

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