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"To Kill A Mocking Bird" By Harper Lee Coursework Essay

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"To kill a mocking bird" is about a six year old girl called Jean Louise Finch but is known as Scout and she is the narrator of the book. She tries her hardest to be one of the boys and avoids wearing dresses, she spends her time with her older brother Jem and her best friend Dill. Jem is ten years old (at the start). Throughout out the book Jem struggles with racism and intolerance but even though he goes through all this he is there to help their father Atticus Finch bring her up and to show her to respect Atticus and the other elders around her. Scouts best friend Dill spends time with them in the summer as he stays with Miss Rachel. He comes from a broken home but tells storys to Scout and Jem about his father but he cant stand his home.Growing up is show in different ways in to kill a mocking bird. The first is the camellia incident where jem cuts the top off of Mrs Dubose's camellias, the trial where there father Atticus defends a black ma n called Tom Robinson for raping Mayella Ewell, and the ending where Scout recaps on what has happened.There are three main points in this book which are racism, prejudice and courage. The racism issue comes in to the novel near the start when Tom Robinson is in court for the supposed rape of Mayella Ewell. Atticus was called names such as 'nigger lover' but Jem and Scout supported their father and was taught that black people are equal and there is no huge difference between black and white people except their skin colour. The trial is the biggest part of the novel as it is there showing cases of prejudice and courage when Jem and Scout stuck up for their father when everyone was against him. Atticus brings up in court the fact that Tom Robinson didn't rape Mayella and everyone knows that but they say he did because he is black so by saying''This case should never have come to trial. This case is as simple as black and white.' (page 209) he is making the point that everyone is being racist and they know it but they refuse to stand up for him.Another showing of courage was when Atticus was supporting Tom and that was courage and the fact that people were against Tom being innocent because he isn't white. Not only is it Tom they were sticking up for but it is every black person as they lived with calpurnia, a black woman so if they were racist Calpurnia would not be there.In the novel they come across other people who have been prejudged such as Dolphus Raymond who is said to be the way he is because the drink he carries around with him is whiskey when really it is coca cola. When he tells Scout and Jem this they say'That aint honest, Mr Raymond, making yourself out badder'n you are already' (pg 207) this is showing Scout to be headstrong as she is telling Dolphus Raymond what she thinks also she has a point because he could turn round and tell everyone the truth but he lets them make accusations.The next chapter is chapter 11 and this is when Jem is shown that all actions have consequences. This chapter...

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