The Social Narrative Of The To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, written in the 1960’s and set in the 1930’s, and highlights the social narrative of the 30’s. The novel is set in Maycomb County, Alabama a town very typical of the times. The reader is presented with the character of Atticus Finch, a middle-aged father who works as a lawyer. Although seemingly average he is although significant; as a hero. Amongst his peers he exhibited higher thresholds of empathy, which was quite high especially in the historical context. He lived by his philosophy of equality and fairness, and preached in-directly and literally towards those around him. When confronted by conflict he would approach passively and attentively sought that no one was to be laid victim. He however also had a realistic perspective and understood the harsh-world he was surrounded in. But yet in this time of prejudice and injustice he strived to make a difference for the inheriting generations, which is prevalent in his Children Jem and Scout. These qualities and his overall sense of justice (and morality) construct him as the model hero. Even as he lives is life in that way he still becomes presented with situations that only further his status. Atticus’ heroism can be seen in events within the novel, with most importantly his valiant defence of Tom Robinson. This is preceded by the Second significant event, when he is confronted by an angry mob outside the County Jail where a defenceless Tom Robinson slept. But the first event which…

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