To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird

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  •                       Introduction
  • " To Kill A Mockingbird " written  by Harper Lee is a well rounded book, showing the different factors faced among people based on race, stereotypes and so much more. This book takes place in Maycomb County, Alabama. This is in the perspective of a little girl, by the name of Jean Louise aka Scout Finch alongside her older brother Jem Finch. Their main influence is from their father Atticus Finch who has a role of a lawyer; going through the struggle of protecting someone who's race stereotypes how others see them. 
  • Thesis
  • People are always judged based on who they are and what they do, there's either those who accept one another or they don't believe in being united; discrimination has been a problem faced among others.
  • Lesson 1: Racism
  • " but around here once you have a drop of Negro blood, that makes you all black.. " (Lee 184)
  • Lesson 2: Protecting the Innocent
  • " I'm simply defending a Negro-his name's Tom Robinson. " - " She says they're clean-living folks. " (86 Lee)
  • Lesson 3: Judging Others
  • " Because-he-is trash, that's why you can't play with him. I'll not have you around him, picking up his habits and learning Lord knows-what. You're enough of a problem to your father as it is. " (Lee 256)
  • The lesson shows that, racism is always used as a type of insult. Hanging around a different colored race makes it seem as if you're one of " them ", Scout's mind still hasn't matured to understand the concept of it. It shows that everyone has their own type of perspective of " blacks " and how they feel, just because they have a darker skin color gives everyone the idea that they're much different from everyone else. 
  • Most Important Lesson: Racism
  • This lesson shows when Scout approaches Atticus based on the rumors going around that he was a " Negro lover ", though Atticus shows that nobody should be judged and declined of a lawyer based off of a race. Everyone deserves to be treated the same and no differently, no matter the skin color, or what they do. 
  • This shows how Aunt Alexandra judges Walter based on their background, not caring of equality. Scout was trying to invite him over, but Aunt Alexandra says no and tells her that he's " trash ". The lesson is to not judge someone based on their living style or what type of environment they're surrounded by. Everyone is different, and you don't know their life in their perspective.
  • I believe that racism is the biggest lesson because it brings all the lessons together. Racism is dealt with people judging other people while others want to help, everyone has a different perspective on how they see others. Everyone is treated different because they have a different lifestyle and grew up differently than other people, but you should learn to never judge someone because of that. They could be a completely different person than you expected and be smarter than you think or a more well rounded person. 
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