What Are The Similarities Between To Kill A Mockingbird And Where Is The Love

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Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird and The Black Eyed Peas’ song “Where is the Love” both tackle the problem of racism and overall intolerance of others. Lee’s novel takes place in the 1930s and focuses on the Finch family as the father, Atticus, takes on a case where he is defending a black man from the accusation of a white man and women. On the other hand, “Where is the Love” addresses discrimination as a whole and seems to question your empathy for other people. When placed side by side, these two works have many common themes that reflect the major problems these works are trying to address. In both pieces, the writers emphasize that these problems are closer than they might seem; both also emphasize the fact that people could face …show more content…
Similarly, in “Where is the Love” the speaker discusses how hate and racism are still around and still affects people today. When the singers say,”Overseas, yeah, we try to stop terrorism,/ But we still got terrorists here livin ',/ In the USA,” (5-7), this strongly relates to To Kill a Mockingbird because just as the children 's innocent perspective of Maycomb is shattered, the singer brings light to the problems facing us locally, and shows us that our life generation isn 't as perfect as it seems. This line also relates to To Kill a Mockingbird when Aunt Alexandra and her christian ladies are concerned with how to help to Mrunas while they seem to ignore to the problem with their local community of African Americans. Although the way the writers convey this message differ greatly the meaning is the same. Racism and intolerance of others, although it may not seem like it, is closer then it may seem and affects us all …show more content…
In To Kill a Mockingbird Jem and DIll display the most empathy. When the court was in session Jem was positive that Tom Robinson would be innocent, but when he was convicted guilty Jem loses his faith in Maycomb. He runs out of the courtroom crying because of how wrong it is. In this part of the book Jem loses his innocence and understand the power of social conformity and how powerful it really is. Dill as well as Jem shows empathy when he starts crying and has to leave the courtroom as he said “That old Mr. Gilmer doin‘ him thataway, talking so hateful to him—” (Lee 202). And for someone who cared about others as much as Dill, that was all it took to bring him to tears while the rest of courtroom was content to sit by and let an innocent man be convicted. Similarly in Where is the Love the song tackles this problem by repeatedly asking “Where is the Love” throughout the entire song. By literally asking where is the love the song questions the listener 's empathy themselves and make the listener think about the problems facing today 's society. It also makes you think about why there 's so much hate

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