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The True Antagonist Essay

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Every well-written fictional novel has a protagonist, and an antagonist. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, does have a clear and definite protagonist, but a strange antagonist. Narrated in the perspective of a young girl named Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, the book follows the story of her younger life, but quickly transitions to a dreadful court-case caused by the false accusation of an African-American solely based on the mere fact of him being a person of color. Throughout the novel, it becomes clear that Maycomb county antagonizes its people- making it the antagonist. Obviously, a town itself cannot be the antagonist, however, the people of a town can. Alienation, hatred towards those ...view middle of the document...

” This empowers the dwellers of Maycomb to alienate them because they embarrass the population. They do alienate them, however, alienation antagonizes people; therefore, Maycomb county openly antagonizes its people.
People hate those who support righteousness. Atticus Finch, the lawyer protecting Tom Robinson, becomes the subject of town gossip. In court, Bob Ewell turns to Atticus and says, “‘...you [Atticus] nigger-lov[er]...’” (Chapter 23). This quote uses detail to describe Atticus as a “nigger-lov[er].” A person perceived as a “nigger-love” means that they support and defend black people. People hate this type of person in the racist and prejudiced Maycomb county. Lee conveys that racism only leads to loathing others. Atticus attempts to protect Tom Robinson in order to save him from death. He instantaneously becomes hated, meaning the people in Maycomb hate people who support and preserve the equality and fair treatment of all. Also during the trial, Scout, the daughter of Atticus influenced by the horrible thoughts of the people, says, “he [Atticus] could make a rape case as dry as a sermon” (17.56). Lee uses a simile to compare a rape case to a sermon. Sermons are boring and long. This means Atticus makes the rape case boring, despite the seriousness of the matter. Because Maycomb believes rape cases equate to an exciting and fun experience if a black man might go to jail, but boring if someone attempts to protect said black men, its citizens hate those who support equality. Therefore, the county antagonizes the people who live there.
Maycomb county distresses Mayella Ewell and Jeremy “Jem” Finch. During the trial, Scout sees that Mayella “was as sad [...] as what Jem called a mixed child” (Lee) Lee uses a simile to compare the feelings of Mayella to a mixed child. If two people of opposite races, most typically Caucasian and African-American, have sexual relations and reproduce, then the world considers that child...

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