The Body, By Harper Lee Essay

1135 Words Mar 15th, 2016 5 Pages
When we are growing up, lots of things change around us. We begin to see things differently and form our own opinions about things. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird(TKAM) and Stand By Me which is based on Stephen King 's book, The Body, are both literary works revolving around a coming of age story. In TKAM we see the main characters Scout and Jem grow up in a rural town of Maycomb where they are exposed to concepts such as racism and discrimination. They must learn to deal with those matters and much more as their father undergoes a trial that could change lives. Stand By Me demonstrates how four boys from a small town in Oregon called Castle Rock undergo an adventure to see a dead body. Along the way, they learn about growing up and realize you’ll never have friends like those from your childhood.
Discrimination is a key factor in how children grow up. For example, characters such as Jem and Scout in TKAM must grow up whilst facing discrimination, this is due to their father defending Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is an African American man who is accused of raping a white woman. Atticus Finch, Jem and Scout’s father, is appointed to defend this man in the court of law. However, due to this Jem and Scout are called offensive slurs such as “nigger lover”, because of the fact Atticus is defending Tom. Scout is very offended by this, but Atticus does his best to console her: “nigger-lover is just one of those terms that don’t mean anything—like snot-nose. It’s hard to…

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