Literary Influence In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In literature there is a strong presence of influence. Many who write are influenced by their surroundings such as friends, family, time period or location at the time of writing. The characters in said literature, assuming there are characters, are influenced by similar things. All of this is passed through the text and eventually influences the reader. An example of such literature is Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird.” In the Reading and writing of this book the author, characters and reader are all influenced.

Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Was influenced by the society in which she lived in in many ways when it came to writing her book.One such example is her upbringing, another is the state the country was where
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For instance in the text Scout states “After all he’s just a Negro,” when Dill is crying about Ms. Gilmer’s harsh cross examination of Tom Robinson; Later she states “Atticus says cheatn’ a coloured man is ten times worse than cheatn’ a white man.” Basically these quotes show how Scout’s opinion of the Black community in Maycomb changes over the course of the book. The evidence highlights that near the beginning of the book Scout had the “White it 's better than Black” mentality that was common in Maycomb but nearer to the end of the book she matured and started to develop her own feelings and question the actions of the older generation. In a similar case to illustrate this idea Scout says “Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that 's why his hands were bloodstained.” This was part of a quote depicting Boo Radley at the beginning of the book whereas "I never heard tell that it 's against the law for a citizen to do his utmost to prevent a crime from being committed, which is exactly what he did, but maybe you 'll say it 's my duty to tell the town all about it and not hush it up.” is a quote from the end of the book. In other words the difference between the two quotes shows the difference in opinion Scout experiences after actually meeting and seeing …show more content…
For example in the text Scout says “After all he’s just a Negro.” to Dill when Dill is crying about Tom Robinson’s brutal cross examination. This is where I learned of the inherent ignorance of the society. That is to say that To Kill a Mockingbird influenced me by teaching me about how prejudice was common, even in children, in situations such as those. Another quote that influenced me was “Real courage is when you know you 're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” This quote was said to Jem after he heard about Mrs.Dubose quitting her morphine addiction. This quote influenced by be showing me that there was more to this society other than Atticus who were shown possessing different values, in other words this is to say that despite being the most prominent, Atticus was not the only good person in maycomb and i realized that could be true for real life as well. That is to say that in this society a lot if not most of the seen characters aren’t very good people and seeing people do good things such as that made me have hope in the society. The author includes this fact to emphasize that there are other good people in this society and that problems do not always need to be solved with violence. A one can see both learning lessons such as historical facts and how to really be courageous along with getting good feelings while reading creates a positive reading experience and

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