Harper Lee - To kill a mockingbird

Essay by kevda1stHigh School, 10th gradeB+, October 2008

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To kill a mockingbird (Harper Lee 1960) is a novel set in Maycomb County, a small town in the southern states of America. The story begins in 1932, time during the “Great Depression”. Throughout the novel Harper Lee teaches us a moral lesson on Prejudice and courage. These themes are represented through various techniques such as perspective narrator and characterization.

The story is about Jean Louise Finch (Scout), her brother Jem Finch and their father/hero Atticus Finch. During the book Scout and Jem experience many dramatic events that change their life. The book is split into two parts. The first half of the book is about the kids and the mystery of Boo Radley. The second half of the book is more serious and focuses on Atticus and the prosecution of Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson (a Negro man) has been falsely accused of raping a white woman and Atticus is his defense attorney.

During the trial Atticus becomes very unpopular around Maycomb for defending a black man at the best of his abilities. This shows how racist and xenophobic the community was.

The key purpose of to kill a mockingbird is to entertain and inform the readers about how the Negro population was treated, and to remind us about our prejudicial mistakes we have made in the past. “Those who forget the past are doomed to repeat it” Harper Lee informs us about our mistakes, so that we do not repeat them.

The major themes in this novel are courage and prejudice. There are many examples of prejudicial acts in to kill a mockingbird, there the prosecution of Tom Robinson and the children’s superstition of Boo Radley. Atticus Finch the moral center of the novel tries to teach his children and the readers about prejudice and discrimination throughout the whole...