To kill a mockingbird, examining themes

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Aryan Cheema

Mr. Rivas - Gonzalez


26 November 2013

To Kill a Mockingbird: Adult versus Youth perspective

Education as a whole conveys an idea which influenced the mind of many through the course of time. Different forms of education often identifies one for whom they are, education is expressed in many forms as social and formal education can express peoples beliefs, motives and emotions. One such novel is to Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. The children's perspective of the Tom Robinson case; the different understandings of the Caste system; and the unawareness of the passing time and money undoubtedly concludes that children in To Kill a Mockingbird show a less prejudice view of their social life. The adults and youth in to Kill a Mockingbird understand the social community in different ways, affecting their perspective on the social commentary throughout the novel.

The Caste system is a social structure in Maycomb where people are assigned a level of social status.

Maycomb is a poverty stricken town because of the Depression, the youth have not realised this as they dont understand the value of wealth in Maycomb. 'Are we as poor as the Cunningham's?', 'Not exactly. The Cunningham's are country folks, farmers, and the crash hit them hardest.'(Lee, 6) Atticus explains however the Cunningham's are farmers, and they are below them on the Caste system. They earn less money, and need to work daily on farms. Scout begins to understand the difference between them. Scout also has an epiphany when she hears Calpurnia speak like a Negro. 'Again I thought her voice strange: she was speaking like the rest of them' (Lee, 159). Scout does not recognise Calpurnia's voice, and it is as if a stranger is speaking to her. She connects in her head how Calpurnia speaks...