Slavery In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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It Leads You the Right Way, So it Should Stay
“Reading is to the mind what exercise is to the body.” (Sir Richard Steele) Reading expands the mind’s capacity for knowledge. It gives us a different outlook on the world. Reading lets us live in a completely different version of life, unlike our own. To Kill a Mockingbird is a very flavorful book. It gives us insight on the old times, back when racism was still a big problem. It tells us how they lived their lives during the Great Depression. It's not only a life story, but it is a history lesson. This story is a fine addition to our reading curve. If people read, it can give people a brief description of history, descriptive language that ...view middle of the document...

It also, in much detail, told the trial of Tom Robinson (an African American man), against Mayella Ewell (a white female). Harper Lee explained that even though Mayella’s testimony wasn’t as accurate against Tom Robinson’s, he still lost because it was a jury of all white man against one black man. Tom had no chance of winning.
Have you ever sat through a presentation thinking, “Wow, this guy is really boring.”? Some presentations can be boring sometimes. There is no flare added to it, just the same old presentation that someone would expect. The only way that someone wouldn’t the audience when giving a presentation or speech, is to add some new vocabulary words or descriptive language. Adding descriptive language can make a presentation really pop out at the viewers. It keeps them interested. Harper Lee does this in To Kill a Mockingbird when describing settings and events. Some descriptive language would be, “There ain’t no need to fear a cootie ma’am. Ain’t you ever seen one? Now don’t you be afraid, you just go on back to your desk and teach us some more.” Many words in that quote aren’t regularly used in our normal speech of today. Harper Lee described what happened, enough for us to get a clear image in our heads. A different descriptive quote is, “Mr. Ewell yanked him down, I reckon. They tussled some more and then there was this funny noise-Jem hollered...” (Lee 361) When reading that passage, it used descriptive language that keeps the reader enticed and interested. This is an important factor in a presentation that students need to learn how to do. It makes it more interesting for the audience.
Novels can teach very important life lessons. Harper Lee’s novel is a life lesson. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” (Lee 39). This teaches people not to judge others, just by a first glance, but to really understand that person. Another life lesson comes from this quote, "He ain't company, Cal, he's just a Cunningham-" "Hush your mouth! Don't matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house's yo' comp'ny, and don't you let me catch you remarking’' on their ways like you was so high and mighty! Yo' folks might be better'n the Cunninghams but it don't count for nothin' the way you're disgracin' 'em—if you can't act fit to eat at the table you can just set here and eat in the kitchen!" (Lee 33) This basically says that all men and women are created equal, and that you shouldn’t demoralize or disgrace them....

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