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Comparison Of The Main Characters In To Kill A Mockingbird And I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings

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Reading a book once in a while helps us from being ignorant from the outside world. Readers many times dare to compare and discuss about the books that they have read. This works when we read two master pieces of literature that could be very similar and in the same time very different stories. I had the great fortune of reading the screenplay of “To Kill a Mockingbird” as well as the part of the memoir “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”. After reading these two great pieces of literature I dare to compare the main characters, Scout from “To Kill a Mockingbird” and Maria from “I know why the caged bird sings”. The main intentions of this two books are to teach lesson to their readers whether they could be children or adults.

In the story “To Kill a Mockingbird” Scout is the main character from the story. She is a 7 year old child, who lives with her father Atticus and her brother Jim. Her mother die when Scout was just a baby girl. For this reason she lives in a single parent home. In the other hand, Maya the main character from the story “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings” lives with her relatives after her parents’ divorce at the begging of the story. Maya and her brother Bailey were sent to live with her grandmother at a remote town named Maycomb, Alabama. Maya treats her grandmother as her actual mother since during the story she refers to her as mama. While Scout see her maid Capulina as her mother since Capulina is the closest female in her life as well as that Capulina treats Scout and Jim as her own children. Maya and scout, have very similar and at the same time very different families, although they both live in a single parent home.

Then, the main difference between of Scout and Maya, is the lessons they learn. In Scout case, Atticus tries to teach Scout and her brother Jim a very important lesson, that it will stay with them for the rest of their life. This important lesson is to never kill a mockingbird or in other words is to never take advantage of someone that is weaker of defenseless. Atticus teach his children this lesson by defending a Negro in court who has been accused from a crime that the Negro did not commit. Although...

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