Unit 11: Reading Response Journal To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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I did not expect that I would like To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee as much as I do. Written from the perspective of Scout, a young girl in the 1930’s, this book takes a look at many issues, including racism and sexism, all from the innocent eyes of a child. This book reveals many of the issues and struggles faced during the Great Depression. So far, this book is excellently written.
Scout, Jem, and Dill are very complex characters. At first, I thought they were very old; Jem and Scout seem much too intelligent to both be under the age of ten. My first impressions of Scout, Jem, and Dill are basically the same as they are now. I still think Scout is sassy, passive aggressive, and ...view middle of the document...

” Scout doesn’t like dresses or delicate things probably because they can be seen as girly, and if she started taking interest in those things, Jem wouldn’t talk to her as much. Her boyishness sprouts from the deep-rooted belief that men are the dominant sex. There is also a lot of classism. Scout and the rest of her first-grade class know the different classes that the families of Maycomb are divided into. She tells her teacher, Miss Caroline, “That’s okay, ma’am, you’ll get to know all the county folks after a while.” (Ch. 2, pg. 25). The Finches and most of the townspeople are better than the Cunninghams, the Cunninghams are better than the Ewells, and the Ewells are better than the black population. Not only is Maycomb divided by class, or standing in the social hierarchy, it is also very divided by race. I first noticed it when Cecil Jacobs told the whole school that “Scout Finch’s daddy defended niggers.” (Ch. 9, pg. 79). Atticus will do his best to defend Tom Robinson, a black man that goes to Calpurnia’s church. This brings a lot of trouble and rumours to the Finch family. Even Francis, Aunt Alexandra’s grandson tells Scout that Atticus is a “nigger-lover” (Ch. 9). The Finch family thinks what Atticus is doing is an embarrassment to the whole family, even though all he’s doing is defending a black man in court. One more form of discrimination is based on behaviour, especially aimed at Boo Radley. The children make up skits and laugh at him, telling twisted stories about how “he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained.” (Ch. 1, pg. 17). I think that is particularly odd because they’ve never actually seen him, so what they know about him is false and purely imaginative. I have already been exposed to several different kinds of discrimination in the first 10 chapters, and I think there is much more...

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