To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

395 WordsDec 16, 20122 Pages
The extract under the analysis is taken from book “To kill a mockingbird”. The author is Harper Lee. She was born in 1926 in the state of Alabama. In 1945-1949 she studied law at the University of Alabama. Her novel ‘To kill a mockingbird’ which deals with the issues of racism that were observed by the author as a child in her hometown was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1961. The book became an international bestseller and was adapted into screen in 1962. The story of “To kill a mockingbird” takes place during the time at which black people were treated as people of lower level than white people and racial tensions were running high in the South as a whole, especially in Alabama. The text under analysis belongs to the group of fictional texts. The story takes place during the years of the Great Depression. In the novel the author paints a true and lively picture of that time. A Negro was falsely accused of raping a white woman. The extract’s scene takes place in the Supreme Court in 1936. At the beginning the author pays readers attention to the main character of the story, Atticus, who is a defender. Then the author passes on the detailed description of Atticus’s speech to the jury from which we learn that he accuses a young girl who tempted a black man. Atticus tries to persuade the jury that it was she, Bob Ewell’s daughter, who broke the code because her desires were stronger and we see Atticus providing the court with some evidences protecting the black man. After that he refers to Thomas Jefferson’s speech emphasizing that in the court all people were equal, in spite of being black or white. He ends his speech by asking the jury to make a right decision. Further on we learn that the jury voted and discussed the case for a very long time and finally brought in a verdict Robinson’s guiltiness which should be followed by the death penalty. It is important to

More about To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

Open Document