Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird
During the 1930s, during the time when the novel was set, society was
very different to what it is now.
"To Kill a Mockingbird" is Harper Lee's story about life in a small
town in Southern America during the 1930s.
The story is based in the state of Texas, Alabama, in this state
slavery was very common and because of this it became to be known as
the "Slave State".
The story involves "Atticus Finch" a lawyer who must defend an African
American who has been wrongly accused of raping a Caucasian woman.
The importance of the book in terms of the relationship between white
and black people is that whites controlled the black people, there was
not any one who would stand up for the black people of the town,
except Atticus. Atticus stood up in what he believed to be right and
even though he was a well respected member of society they went
This was the time of when racism and prejudice was towards people of
different ethnic backgrounds, race, and skin colour and how they acted
was accepted in society and tolerated and there was a definite class
The story is told from the point of view of "Jean Louise Finch" mostly
know "Scout" the youngest member of the Finch household and a innocent
child and who acknowledges what is happening around her moreover who
is very eager to protect her fathers innocence.
We as readers learn about life in this small town of "Macomb" from the
eyes of a young child who is innocent and naÃ¯ve about racism,
prejudice and the treatment of other people.
The society throughout the town has taught generation after
generation, in what to believe. White people are superior to blacks.
The children have been taught this and as the result of this they have
no opinion themselves, at a later stage in their life's they are
afraid to give their own view because this is what they society of
"Maycomb" has been raised on.
Harper Lee might be portraying her self as this young little innocent
girl who had to grow up in this style of municipality and see these
sorts of things happening around her continuously as she grew up, and
this might have influenced her to write this novel.
Throughout the film, there have been many parts which have been
omitted. A lot of them have an influence in the final outcome of the
One of these parts is "Jem", "Scout" and "Calpurnia's" visit to the
"First Purchase Church" is in somewhat way what we expected it to be.
Calpurnia is a black women who looks after the "Finch" family and the
children, Calpurnia is almost like a surrogate mother to the children,
she is firm in what she believes to be right and has a lot of
conviction in what she says and she is almost like the bridge between
whites and blacks.
In the town of "Maycomb" there are two...