America's Deep South During The 1930s Analysis

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To what extent does To Kill a Mockingbird represent America’s Deep South during the 1930s? Harper Lee is the author of the well-known novel To Kill a Mockingbird. It is set in the 1930s in the fictional town, Maycomb in Alabama. The protagonist is Scout Finch and the book is written from her perspective so we see Scout’s opinions on the town and its inhabitants. In this essay, I will be writing about how certain events in To Kill a Mockingbird represent what really happened in America in the 1930s. The white community’s attitudes in the Deep South towards black people were extremely hostile and aggressive. A large majority of white men in the South believed black people needed to learn their place in society and they did this by discrimination, limiting…show more content…
The character Mr Robert Ewell is supposed to represent racism and we can see this by his action for example ‘Mr Bob Ewell stopped Atticus on the post office corner, spat in his face and told him he’d get him if it took the rest of his life.’ White people wanted to make sure that they were on the upper hand than black people. In the Deep South around 3700 people were lynched and we can see this in To Kill a Mockingbird when a mob came to take Tom Robinson to have him lynched. Though Scout came to the rescue by making the people go back to their homes, murder did happen numerous times in America in the 1930s. A real life example is Emmet Till, who was murdered in Mississippi at the age of 14 after reportedly flirting with a white woman. He was from Chicago, visiting his relatives in the Mississippi where he spoke to 21-year-old Carolyn Bryant, a married woman. Several nights later, Bryant's husband and his half-brother arrived at Till's great-uncle's house where they took Till, transported him to a barn, beat him and gouged out one of his eyes, before shooting him through the head and disposing of his

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