To Kill a Mockingbird Essay | An Examination of Prejudice As Depicted in To Kill a Mockingbird

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An Examination of Prejudice As Depicted in To Kill a Mockingbird

Summary: Discusses the theme of prejudice in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Also discusses the use, meaning and importance of the mockingbird as a symbol.
`To Kill a Mockingbird', told through the eyes of the characters Scout and Jem Finch, is a story of their father's battle to defend a black man accused of the rape of a white girl. Situated in Alabama during the nineteen thirties, Harper Lee investigates the illogical adult attitudes towards certain issues of that time. Lee particularly emphasizes the development of prejudice throughout the novel and then highlights this theme with the analogy of the Mockingbird. "Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit' em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird" said Atticus to his two children Jem and Scout. Miss Maudie, their next door neighbour, later went on to explain

mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs...

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