Kill A Mockingbird, By Harper Lee Essay

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One of the most significant quotes in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird was uttered by Scout Finch in chapter 23, when Scout disagreed with her brother in a crucial manner when she said “Naw, Jem, I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks” (Lee 227). This statement has more meaning to be uncovered than what is drawn from it when first read. The quote boldly deals with many of Lee’s themes of her novel, such as that racism classifies people into groups, innocence allows for idealized views, and that education can be used as a social construct. Lee uses Scout’s innocence to convey her message, as well as her conversation with Jem and earlier altercation with Aunt Alexandra to make her point. Analyzing such a quote can be accomplished through establishing the context of the quote and breaking down the quote by each theme.
Jem and Scout, after an eventful day, are chatting with one another before they sleep. Beforehand, Aunt Alexandra scolded Scout for wanting to invite Walter Cunningham over to the Finch residence, with Aunt Alexandra noting that Walter Cunningham was “trash”, and inviting him for dinner would go against the established social norms in Maycomb. Scout, very upset about her remark, consults Jem about the matter. Jem proceeds to try to make sense of the social setting in Maycomb around him by classifying people by four groups – the rich, white class; the hardworking, albeit poor, white group; the “white trash”; and, finally, the black people in society. He…

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