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    The novel is renowned for its warmth and humor, despite dealing with serious issues of rape and racial inequality. To kill a mockingbird is unusual because it is both an examination of racism and a bildungsroman. Within the framework of a coming-of-age story, lee examines a very serious social problem. Lee seamlessly blends these two very different kinds of stories. It deals prejudice; civil rights; racism; defining bravery; maturity; feminine vs. masculine; women's roles in the south; effects of the mob mentality; perception; inconsistency of humanity; gender roles; integrity. The author brings the richly textured story alive by allowing the readers walk in the shoes of fully developed Southern character - Atticus finch represents the morality in the novel, Jim finch the elder brother undergoes transformation from a boy to a teenage boy, Boo Radley the elusive neighbor. On one hand is the black housekeeper Calpurnia who Scout and Jem see as a mother figure and is a gateway for the children to experience…

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    matter the color of a person’s skin that they are equal and there is no difference between the two main ethnicities, which were white and black. Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, grew up in the minute town of Monroeville, Alabama. Growing up in the South during one of the most racially unequal periods in recent history was very hard for a young girl like Lee because she didn’t understand the injustice happening to the African-Americans, just like Jean-Louise Finch, one of the…

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    When most people think of intense racism, they think of the horrible ways people of color were treated many years ago. Unfortunately, many people think racism is a thing of the past, when this is, in fact, false. In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, racism is shown as common practice to many and a monstrosity to very few. Unfortunately, in the small town of Maycomb County, racism wins out as an African American man named Tom Robinson is falsely accused of raping a woman and is sentenced…

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    "I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks" (Lee). In the fictional novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee explains racism in the eyes of a young girl and how racism has affected society. This takes place in the 1900s in a small town in Alabama called Maycomb County. In chapter 7 when the knot-hole in the tree gets filled up, Jem learns from Mr. Nathan Radley’s excuse of the tree dying that people can manipulate the way they think. During the talk between Jem and Mr. Radley, Jem…

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    “Racism is taught in our society, it is not automatic. It is learned behavior toward persons with dissimilar physical characteristics”. These words by Alex Haley perfectly describe the entity of how racism and discrimination is truly learned and so often used. Humans are not born racist. Racist and discriminatory behaviour is often developed from those around you. This is why there are many types of racists. Different people grow up discriminating against different groups and the causes are…

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    111 Mrs. DeShaney 12 December 2016 To Kill a Mockingbird Race is defined as “a socially constructed category of identification based on physical characteristics, ancestry, historical affiliation, or shared culture” (“Race”). It has been the center of social interactions for decades and has spurred unthinkable actions by people who believe their race is superior to another. Racism is present among all racial groups, although more prominent between some races than others (i.e. blacks and…

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    “Racism is a refuge for the ignorant. It seeks to divide and to destroy. It is the enemy of freedom, and it deserves to be met head-on and stamped out” (Pierre Berton). Throughout the two famous books To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman Harper Lee constantly reminds her readers that Atticus is a true racist through hints. In both books it shows the struggle of growing up in the Southern states of the U.S. and how difficult it was for the black community. To Begin with, Atticus only…

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    Racism and hatred are learned beliefs that can be fought with people's brave actions. This idea is supported in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Atticus one of the main characters teaches his children that all men are created equal and not to be prejudice. Atticus represents the brave actions people take because he defended a black man in court while everyone was against him defending a man of color. In modern society ,children are influenced by what their parents believe , whether they…

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    Racism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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    "The Case against To Kill a Mockingbird." Race & Class 45.1 (July-Sept. 2003).: 99-110. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Jeffrey W. Hunter. Vol. 194. Detroit: Gale, 2005. Literature Resources from Gale. Web. 14 Jan. 2014. Shackelford, Dean. "The Female Voice in To Kill a Mockingbird: Narrative Strategies in Film and Novel." Mississippi Quarterly 50.1 (Winter 1996).: 101-113. Rpt. in Contemporary Literary Criticism. Ed. Jeffrey W. Hunter. Vol. 194. Detroit: Gale, 2005. Literature…

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    To Kill a Mockingbird In our society, the 21st century, racism continues to exist but is not as prominent as in the 20th century. In the 20th century, caucasians were expected to be racist towards not just African-Americans but everyone who was not white. Looking back at race relations in the 20th century, cohesive relationships between different races was for the most part non-existent. Each race was considered separate; segregation was not only expected but was the law. in the novel, To…

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