Essay on to Kill a Mockingbird


“I certainly am. I do my best to love everybody…i’m hard put, sometimes- baby, it’s never an insult to be called what somebody thinks is a bad time. It just shows you how poor that person is, it doesn’t hurt you”(107-109) To kill a mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee which shows the author's observations of her family, neighbors, and events that occurred in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama in 1963. 

This book will show you many sides of Monroeville but the most common one is racism. Racism was most of this book, and the events that shaped her community. Harper Lee shows how racism affected the community by using Bildungsroman, characterization and allusion to show racism  a theme of the book that changes in her community as it went through these events.

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses' bildungsroman to show racism. Atticus Finch, a lawyer and the main character's father, is a huge part in showing how racism is a big problem in this book. “Tom’s trial is the major incident of racism as the entire novel revolves around it. His arrested for rape and assault on Myella Ewell, a white woman. This incident turns the whole population of Maycomb against him. He becomes an easy victim of racism just because of the color of his skin. 

Everyone in the town believes in Myella’s side of the story except Atticus. Although there is no proof of his crime, yet he faces hatred from the citizens of his own community as well as the court. This trial provides an opportunity to examine the racist stance of an entire community.” This event shows that racism affected how a colored man’s trial worked, Tom’s trial was unfair due to the fact there was an all white group that was deciding his future. This event connects to the theme because it shows how the men were deciding on the ruling by his skin color not the evidence. Tom's trial and death had a huge impact on the community; it changed the way they saw the Ewell family.

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses characterization to show racism. Using this literary device it shows throughout the book the development of the characters and who they are becoming. An example of characterization in the book is “Calpurnia was something else again. She was all angles and bones; she was nearsighted; she squinted; her hand was wide as a bed slat and twice as hard. She was always ordering me out of the kitchen, asking me why I couldn’t behave as well as Jem when she knew he was older, and calling me home when I wasn’t ready to come.”(chapter 1) this quote shows that by using these words she is describing the character while showing her personality. By using this quote it shows that they describe no colored people better and I’m a nicer way then colored.

In to kill a mockingbird, harper lee uses allusion to show racism. Allusion helps connect with the characters and their life. “In Chapter 8 after Miss Maudie's house burns down, Scout asks her how she feels and if she is "grieving." Miss Maudie tells her that she never liked her house much and actually thought about burning it herself. Then, she tells Scout not to worry because she will take in roomers for some income, and she will make hers the finest yard in the state, adding, "Those Bellingraths'll look pain puny when I get started." This allusion shows that miss Maudie never liked her house only the garden. It is shown to help scout and Jem understand and exaggeration of what happened.

Harper Lee uses these techniques to show racism and how it affected the community. This book helps people understand how big of an issue racism was during that time.To kill a mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee which shows the authors observations of her family, neighbors and events that occured in her hometown of Monroeville, Alabama in 1963. This book will show individuals many different sides of Monroeville but the most common one is racism. Racism was a huge part of this book and the events that shaped her community.

 

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