Kill A Mockingbird, By Harper Lee Essay

1168 Words Oct 21st, 2015 5 Pages
“Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 119). To Kill a Mockingbird is considered a classic novel of modern American literature due to its’ content. In To Kill a Mockingbird there is a trial, of which Tom Robinson, a black man, is accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell, that takes place in Maycomb. Many people react differently to this trial. The reactions consist of harsh words towards Atticus, who is Scout’s father and the lawyer defending Tom Robinson, snarky remarks from her family members, dangerous threats from the Ewells, and racist remarks from other students at Scout’s school. The people involved in the trial and public reactions to the trial impact Scout heavily. This causes everything that Scout thinks she knows about the world to be tested. The majority of the changes seen in Scout throughout the story are due to the other characters involved. Several characters influence the main character, Scout, in a variety of ways within To Kill A Mockingbird including Atticus, Tom Robinson, and the Ewells. One of the most influential people in Scout’s life is her father, Atticus. Atticus is the lawyer defending Tom Robinson. Considering the fact that To Kill a Mockingbird takes place in the racist South, Atticus is bound to face racists who disagree with him defending Tom Robinson. This affects Scout tremendously. Atticus’ parenting style is different from most in Maycomb in the way that he talks to his children as though they are adults. He does so by…

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