Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

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To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, is a classic novel about a small town in the south during the early 1930s. It is in the point of view of the character Scout, who is around 8 years old, and it shows a different perspective on events that were common in those days, such as a black man on trial for rape, a man with mental illness, and even the slang that was used. Scout’s father is an attorney in the town of Maycomb, Alabama who decides to defend a black man. This novel uses Scout’s unique perspective to depict the racism, inequality, and discrimination that appears in society.
Harper Lee starts foreshadowing events before the reader has even opened the book. The title of this book is called To Kill a Mockingbird, however the mockingbird is only mentioned in one chapter throughout the entire novel. A mockingbird is typically thought of as innocent because they do nothing other than sing various sounds. Miss Maudie, who is Scout’s neighbor, explains why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird by stating, “‘Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’” (p103) The way Miss Maudie describes this bird, it is easy to conclude that the mockingbird, in this instance, is used to symbolize innocence. This very minor detail wouldn’t be as significant except Harper Lee named the entire book…

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