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Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

"To Kill a Mocking Bird" by Harper Lee was published in 1960 and was
adapted into a play by Christopher Sergal and published in 1980. It
tells the story of a court case when a black man gets accused of
raping a white woman. The black man, Tom Robinson is defended by the a
lawyer called Atticus Finch. Atticus is one of the few people in
Maycome who have a bit of money an can read and write very well. The
inevitable outcome of the case was that the Black man was sentenced to
death.

The play is set in 1935 during the Great Depression and in times of
Poverty and Unemployment. Maycome is a rural farming community and the
Great Depression has hit them hard. The law is very unfair to Blacks
because they issue different sentences to White people then to Black
people. For example in a court case that court would be made up of all
white men. The community is divided as well because all Black services
are separate from White services. E.G. Education, money, churches,
funerals, graveyards, medical services. However poor a White person
is, a Black person would always be lower than the poor white person in
the social scale. In the Deep South a man was expected to do manly
jobs like Hunting, Carpentry, Farrier and a Blacksmith. Atticus is
seamed to different than the other men because he is a lawyer and
reads books, unlike most of the other men who do the jobs described
above.

The Deep South came to be like this because of the slavery White
people enforced on the Blacks. In 1619 the first black people were
brought to America and then in 1661, Virginia legalised slavery, along
with lots of other Deep South states. 35-40 million Blacks were
brought to be slaves over 300 years, only about 15 million survived
the trip on the boat to America. The people who brought the slaves to
America tricked, trapped, captured and cajoled Africans to get them on
the boat to America. Many of the captured Black people died while
travelling to America, but some people who didn't want to go to
America killed themselves on the boat to avoid it. Slavery was made
totally illegal in 1807 but the Deep South continued to use slavery
illegally.

In the first scene at school , a boy starts saying about Scout's dad
being wrong to defend Tom in the trial because he is black.
"(singsong) Scout's daddy defends nigg....errs". This is a example of
how racist the south are. When scout says to Atticus " Daddy do you
defend niggers?" Atticus replied by saying "yes, don't say nigger". He
said this because of his status and relative richness because the more
well off people tended to be the less racist they were than the "poor
white trash" (poor people). Rich white people are not as racist

to blacks as the poor white people because they are discriminated by
the rich white people and the poor ones need someone to be racist
towards. Another situation where people are racist is when Aticus is
sitting outside Toms...

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