To Kill A Mockingbird Analysis

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“To Kill A Mockingbird“: Literary Analysis Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird portrays life through a young girl’s eyes as she grows up and begins to realize that everything is not black and white. During a time where blacks were basically thought of as dirt and little girls were expected to sit still and help out around help put around the house, it is evident that that the saying “it takes a village to raise a child” is being put top good use. The basic theme of the novel is civil rights. What happens to Tom Robinson is an injustice, and could only happen to a black man in the South during the 1930s. It could even be said that the predominantly white justice system killed Tom Robinson. By dwelling only on that one issue, is to miss the larger theme of the novel: the loss of innocence. Jem and Scout are idealistic kids who, for the most part think Maycomb is a wonderful place to live. This applies especially to Jem, during his older years. After Atticus finishes his cross-examination of Mr. Ewell, Jem whispers excitedly, “We got him.” In fact, he’s sure the jury will acquit Robinson. Scout’s a little more skeptical, but is not disillusioned at the jury’s decision. They suddenly realize their fellow neighbors aren’t quite as decent and honorable as they seem. If that’s true, maybe Maycomb isn’t so great, either. This story was told from Scout’s point of view; which made for a very entertaining read. It did stretch credulity at times, though, when she related so many facts and background about everyone in the town. I didn’t expect a six to eight-year old little girl to know so much about the many other people around her. The style of the novel was conversational and light, being that the narrator was a little girl. This novel is filled with symbolism. Jem and Scout symbolize innocence, Atticus symbolizes decency and goodness while protecting innocence, Tom

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