The Eyes Of A Child By Harper Lee Essay

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To Kill a Mocking Bird is one of the most widely recognized pieces of American literature. Through the eyes of a child, Harper Lee takes the reader on a journey that examines one of the most controversial topics in history of the nation – civil rights. From Scout’s innocent perspective, Lee challenges cultural norms and stereotypes, and asks the audience to question their personal concepts of courage, justice, and morality.
Summary
Lee begins by introducing the audience to Scout, her family and Dill, and the notable inhabitants of Depression-era Maycomb, Alabama. Jem, Scout, and their partner-in-crime, Dill, go on many adventures together, the most recent of which is their quest to make Boo Radley come out. The trio are fascinated by Boo, their shut-in neighbor, having heard many hyperbolic children’s tales concerning him, what he looks like, and why he never leaves his home.
When the Finch’s father, Atticus, is chosen to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused to raping Mayella Ewell, a young white woman, the family is drawn into a town-wide conflict. Though Tom never raped Mayella, he is guilty of the crime of being a black man in Alabama. The Finch’s are all ridiculed due to their association with Tom and Atticus’ defense of this black man in court.
Atticus succeeds in proving Tom’s innocence, but, stalwart in their view on race, the jury convicts Tom of rape nevertheless. When Tom later attempts to escape jail, he is shot in the back, killing him.
Mr. Ewell, who…

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