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To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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  • on June 23, 2014
  • Category: English
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To kill a mocking bird

The story “To Kill a Mocking Bird” is written by Harper Lee. “To Kill a Mocking Bird” deals with the issue of racism that she observed as a child in her hometown of Monroeville in Alabama. The story takes place in a small town in the south of the Unites States. The story is told through the eyes of a six years old girl. Her dad Atticus Finch is a lawyer in a racially divided town in the 1930’s. A black guy called Tom Robinson is falsely accused of raping a white girl. Atticus is a white principled man defending a Negro. The question is, is Atticus going to win the trial? Or will Tom Robinson be charged? Or will it change any of the racial tension in the town?
Our first person narrator is Scout Finch, she is five years old when the story begins and 9 when it ends. The story is told in a child perspective even if she is a very smart girl. You can see that Scout is a little girl when she says this “I’ll never speak to you again as long as I live! I hate you an ‘despise you an’ hope you die tomorrow” (pg 94) The story is written in British English an example of this is how she spells “colour” (pg 9).
The title of the story To Kill a Mockingbird” has a very literal connection to the plot. A mocking bird symbolizes; joyfulness, gratitude, protection, security and communication. A mockingbird is a symbol of innocence destroyed by the evil in the story. When Jem and Scout got air rifles, Atticus said “it is a sin to kill a mockingbird” (pg 99) and when Scout asked Moudie about it, she said that:      
“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Pg. 100)
In the story a mockingbird is a symbol of innocents destroyed by the evil. Tom Robinson, .Jem and Boo Radley can be identified as mockingbirds. They didn’t do anything, but help. Tom was accused for raping a...

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