Life In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird?

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In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee reflexes dramatical from his own life in time. Lee grew up a young tomboy in monroeville, Alabama.She was not the type of girl that was all about make-up, fashion but loved to read. Born April 28, 1926, Lee’s father was granted a magnificent job as a lawyer. During her kindergarten, she befriended an eccentric young boy named Truman Streckfus Persons. Her mother having a mental illness, rarely leaving the house she was forced to depend on her father to support the family (“Harper Lee powerpoint”). In the late 1929 the economic prosperity of the 1920’s came to end with wall street crashing followed by the great depression. Rural, southern towns in the united states were hit hard because they …show more content…
During this period Jim Crow Laws were enforced which segregated every possible thing.This took place in restrooms, schools, doors, water fountain and such much more. Crow Law protection of culture and power of the caucasians. Calpurnia, a black character in the novel, was more or less forced to attend an all black church. Churches were not public to just anyone which is why it was awkward when Scout and Jem decides to join the church one afternoon. Scout 's Aunt Alexandra would not let Scout around Calpurnia for the remainder of that day and the next day, hoping society wouldn 't think anything of their beliefs. She also feels that he shouldn 't be going to parts of towns where blacks get their name from. She does not want him to become the same kind of black citizen that most are in that neighborhood. Caucasians were allowed to use their voice such as in the Scottsboro trials. Were nine black men were accused of raping two white women, which was taken place in front of a jury full of whites. Which at this time they all favored the two women, which meant the men were all put to death (“Scottsboro Trials”).This trial could be related the the trial in the novel with Tom Robinson which was also accused of raping Mayella Ewell. Even though as a read now that his story made complete sense and was well detailed, during this time the audience did not buy a word he said. He was already guilty the …show more content…
In the novel the mockingbird is considered harmless. It was always said it was a sin if you killed a mockingbird because it did no harm other than sing. This resembles Tom Robinson in a way as he was a innocent man and the read knew he was but because of the time period he was accused of a crime that was not even committed by him. The only true person that believed Tom was Atticus his lawyer. While the mockingbird resembles innocents, a white flower symbolises a wrongful act. Mrs.Dubose says hateful things to Jem and scout all the time, but then calls Atticus a n***** lover and this just really outraged Jem. Jem decides to do a horrible act and cut up her camellias. She then sends them back to Jem and lets him know that he did something terribly wrong. Jem is very confused with the court case and does not quit know how to talk to his father. This leads to the third symbolic of women 's independence. Women are expected to wear nice dresses and act very proper, but Scout just like to hangout with the guys and she cannot really do what they do in dresses. Clothes is the one thing that expresses scout dramatically in the novel and she makes it well known that no one cant take that freedom from her. Finally, the snowman that Scout and Jem shows that 's what 's on the insides is really what matters not what is on the outside. There wasn 't really enough snow on the ground for them to build a full

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