"To Kill a Mockingbird thoroughly deserves its status as a literary classic".

Essay by guitar_guyHigh School, 10th gradeA, September 2005

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The text "To Kill a Mockingbird", written by Harper Lee, thoroughly deserves its status as a literary classic because the text fits all the criteria. To Kill a Mockingbird was written in the 1950's, and the story was set in the 1930's. To Kill a Mockingbird contains prejudice, which is a human issue, it confronts controversial issues in a subtle way, by using a child narrator, and it uses empathetic characters such as Atticus. It also shows a broad view of life at the time, back in the 1930's, and the narrative style uses a childish representation of serious issues, which allows the reader to understand more than the narrator. These qualities of To Kill a Mockingbird all fit the criteria for a literary classic, thus making it a literary classic.

Prejudice is a major issue following the storyline of To Kill a Mockingbird. The writer uses the characters to create a feeling of prejudice against Boo Radley.

The way that this prejudice is represented creates a visualization of Boo Radley's character, making him out to seem different than he truly is. Prejudice is also used against Tom Robinson, a black man, which creates a broader view of life at the time. The fact that racial prejudice was used in this text shows that it was set further back into the 1930's, when racial prejudice was very common. The subject of prejudice in the text was relevant then and is still relevant now, a reason of why we value "To Kill a Mockingbird."

The use of the childish narrator is another reason why we value the text "To Kill a Mockingbird". It presents an interesting perspective of the issues in the text. The child narrator seems non-threatening and harmless, even humorous despite the serious topic of prejudice. The reader is...