To Kill A Mockingbird Writing Style Essay

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What writing style comes to mind when one thinks of racial bigotry, violence, and outsiders? Some may think of Southern Gothic literature, a writing style that focuses on grotesque themes and characters. Harper Lee uses this writing style in her book To Kill a Mockingbird: a story about a white lawyer who must defend a black client who is on trial for a rape. In her book Harper Lee uses Southern Gothic characteristics such as, racial bigotry, violence, and outsiders to create the environment of the small town of Maycomb in the 1930’s. One characteristic Harper Lee uses racial bigotry to explain the behavior of certain individuals in Maycomb. Bigotry is an intolerance of other people’s race or religion. Francis Finch a cousin to Scout and …show more content…
In the beginning of the book Scout is excited for her first day of school and upset by lunchtime, and takes out her anger by beating up Walter Cunningham. When confronted by her brother Jem, she explains, “He made me start off on the wrong foot” (Lee 30). Which made it seem to her that beating up Walter was ok, because he had upset her first. The adults of Maycomb are also at fault when Mr. Cunningham and a group of men come to the jail and plan to lynch Tom Robinson. Some citizens of Maycomb accept violence towards themselves to protect others, such as Atticus when he doesn’t get mad for Bob Ewell spitting in his face. Atticus simply says, “If spitting in my face helped Bob get out is anger saved Bob’s children from one more beating he would gladly take it” (Lee …show more content…
Though the story happens in the 1930’s all around the world today there is bigotry of all kinds, violence, and people seen as outsiders for being different. To Kill a Mockingbird creates a message of understanding others before judging their life style. If more people would heed this message we could reduce these characteristics from the world and live more simple lives than the characters of Lee’s

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