Essay on Scout : Coming Of Age

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Scout: Coming-of-Age
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was written in the 1950s and published in 1960. During the 1950s, many issues dealing with racism occurred, which is a very common theme in To Kill a Mockingbird even though it is set in the 1930s. Also, Alabama was one of the main places where these events took place, which is also where To Kill a Mockingbird is set.
After all, To Kill a Mockingbird was influenced greatly by the literary movement called Southern Gothic. It became popular in the 1920s and 1930s by “William Faulkner, Flannery O’Conner, Truman Capote, and Carson McCullers” (GENRE: Southern Gothic). This unique genre consisted of many characteristics that are apparent in To Kill a Mockingbird. Firstly, a theme in Southern Gothicism that is seen in Scout is “the innocent’s place in the world—where they are often asked to act as redeemer” (GENRE: Southern Gothic). Scout is perceived as innocent at the beginning of the novel, but by the end she has lost that attribute. Another characteristic is freakishness, which is a “character […] who is set apart from the world by a disability or odd way of seeing the world” (GENRE: Southern Gothic). Boo Radley is a prime example of freakishness. He sees the world from his house that he seldom leaves, which causes him to become an outsider. Lastly, violence is common in Southern Gothicism because “racial tension […] ran high in many small southern towns” (GENRE: Southern Gothic). Racism is one of the main issues in To…

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