Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

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To Kill a Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee in the early 1960 's. The story takes place in the town of Maycomb, Alabama. All is normal in this southern town until a particular court case involving an African American man named Tom Robinson comes to the attention of the residents of Maycomb. The case has also come to the attention of Atticus Finch. Atticus is a small town defense lawyer who, unlike anyone else in the town, disagrees with the false accusation of rape againest Tom Robinson. Lee uses the character Jean Louise (Scout) Finch to narrate the novel and reenact some of the issues she herself witnessed during this time period. Throughout this story Lee uses the conflicts occurring in the violently segregated south to show the historical conditions at the time. The author identifies each character as having a different mindset to create the controversy in the novel and also uses specific figures and gives them a symbolic meaning. In the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses historical context, characterization and symbolism to develop the theme of prejudice and tolerance.

Maycomb is described as a "tired, old town" (Lee 6), and it is exactly that. Scout describes Maycomb as a town where "there was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County" (Lee 6). Maycomb is portrayed to be a respected community where everyone treats each other as family and where all of…

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