How 'To Kill a Mockingbird' is so influential today

Essay by jyangJunior High, 9th grade March 2007

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“To kill a mockingbird” by Harper Lee is a very inspirational and influential book. The book talks about how the white people in the 1930s were prejudice to the black people. Harper Lee has made the book very powerful by giving the reader messages. Lee has also used various themes to make it the story more effective. Finally, Harper Lee has used symbols in the characters of the story making the lesson of the story extremely strong. By giving the reader messages, themes and including symbols in the characters that Harper Lee has made the book very significant.

Firstly, Harper Lee has incorporated messages to the reader making the story much more understandable and inspirational. A clear message that can be learnt from reading ‘To kill a mockingbird’ is not to judge someone by their differences and respecting them. This message can be seen first in the encounter with Walter Cunningham.

“There’s some folks that don’t eat like us… but you ain’t called on to contradict em at the table when they don’t.” (pg27) This was said by Calpurnia to Scout when she was being rude to Walter. Another example would be towards the end of the novel when Scout was talking about the Grey Ghost book to Atticus. “Atticus, he was real nice. . . .” His hands were under my chin, pulling up the cover, tucking it around me. “Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them.” (pg 309) Both of this quotes show how Scout is growing up and learning not to judge someone by their differences. Another message in ‘To kill a mockingbird’ would be that you will not know someone until you really see them. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point...