Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

1092 Words Apr 11th, 2016 5 Pages
The American south in the 1930’s was a place of much inequality, including economical, political, and the most prominent, racial. At this time, the U.S. economy was in a rapid decline due to the Great Depression, while social tension was exacerbated due to the rise of the Civil Rights Movement. These conditions led to a society in which nearly everyone was poor, and the sole qualification of one’s place in society where the color of their skin and their last name. The novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee tells the story of a two siblings who are brought up in Maycomb, Alabama in the American South. As they attempt to navigate through their childhood, they soon become aware of the deeply rooted social injustices in their once thought Utopia. With this newly acquired lens, the children can now see a world filled with prejudice based inequality and now have the ability to change the status quo. During a time of great social tension, the citizens of Maycomb learn first hand the effects of social inequal, through dealing with systematic racism and classism. The town of Maycomb is founded upon a fundamentally prejudiced belief that not all men are created equal and that the worth and social status of a man can be based off of the color of their skin. This rudimentary belief can be seen when Aunt Alexandra, the children’s aunt tries to justify social inequality by saying “that the longer a family had been squatting on one patch of land the finer it was” (130). This is a…

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