To Kill A Mocking Bird Reflection

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“No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite,” speculates Nelson Mandela. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a fictional novel about racism and discrimination. This novel is narrated by a little girl named Scout Finch as she tells the story of how her brother Jem broke his arm. It starts when their father, Atticus, has a case where he has to defend an African American man, Tom Robinson, who was falsely accused of raping Mayella Ewell, a young white woman. In the end Tom gets convicted and is put in prison. We find out later that he was shot for trying to escape. Bob Ewell, Mayella’s father, is still mad at Atticus for defending Tom and goes after the kids one night in the dark. The kids panic, Jem breaks his arm, the Finch’s weird neighbor Boo Radley saves the kids, and Bob Ewell ends up dead. Harper Lee uses many historical events from the past as influence for some of the events that happen in her novel.
One of the main events that Lee takes inspiration from is the Emmett Till case. The main conflict of the novel is the case of Tom Robinson, a crippled African American man, allegedly raping Mayella Ewell, a young white woman. The case of Emmett Till, a 14 year old African American boy, making sexual advances and “wolf
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Lee also used the influence of the Great Depression to explain many things throughout her book. Lastly, she brought the gender roles and discrimination of the 1930’s-1960’s into her novel. The novel of To Kill a Mockingbird contains historical influence from the past for many of the events that happen. As Nelson Mandela said, people are taught to hate based on their race, religion, gender and many other things when they should be loving

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