The Great Depression Of The 1930 ' S Essays

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Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a memorable and life-changing novel that presents important concerns relevant to today’s society. Set during the Great Depression of the 1930’s, Lee examines the issues pertaining the existence of social inequality and the coexistence of good and evil in America’s Ddeep Ssouth through the eyes of a young girl, Scout Finch. The novel remains relevant and didactic to readers’ in present time, by challenging the reader’s perceptions of race, family structure, education and social classes .

The central theme focus of the novel is how itan exploration of es the moral nature of human beings and the way society functions as a result of human actions. The novel approaches the question of whether people are morally good or morally bad, by dramatising Jem and Scout’s transition from the perspective of innocence, in which they assume that all people are morally good, because they have never experienced evil, to a more mature perspective, in which they have met evil and must integrate it into their understanding of the world. The moral voice of the novel is represented through the character of Atticus Finch, who is fundamentally unique in the novel, being the sole person that has encountered and understood evil, without losing his basic faith in the human capacity for goodness . Atticus understands that ‘men cannot be classed’ as just morally good or morally bad, rather possessing both good and bad qualities, which are shown through the actions…

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