If life and rascism in the early 1900's is still a relevant factor today. To Kill a Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

To Kill a Mockingbird is set in 1932 in the Deep South. It deals with issues of cold heartedness, shame, ignorance, intolerance, and racism, through a child's eyes. It is contrasted by the concern, dignity, tolerance, and caring of a white brother, sister, single father, and their respected black maid. This small family unit's ethics are in contrast to the ethics of the rest of the town. This sets the tone of the book.

In my opinion, the generation you were born in influences how you react to the situation in the book. For example, I discussed this topic with my mother, who was a very young girl when the book was published. She was shocked and appalled by Tom Robinson's situation. However, I think that most teenagers in this generation aren't nearly as shocked and surprised with the situation that happened to Tom Robinson due to all the violence in video games and movies.

Also the geographic area you live in may change your reaction to the story. For instance, if you live in a country like the United States where violence occurs daily, you might be less shocked by the situation happening with Tom Robinson. If you live in a country like England, where guns are illegal, your reaction to Tom Robinson's death might be totally different to those of Americans. For me, being a teenager in the United States in 2004, the incident, as it is written, did not "work", although I do understand that it works for others.

Since 1932, the Civil Rights Movement has improved the lives for African Americans in many ways. In the book, Scout is surprised that many of the African American church congregation could not read. Now, as schools have integrated, African Americans...