To Kill A Mockingbird Context Analysis

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Context conveys knowledge of culture and the values within it; the culture consists of a legacy of history, race, religion and current conditions; these conditions determine the values held. From the values emerge positive themes but also negative issues. The context of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is the divide between black and white during the 1930s depression in the Deep South of America. The white culture valued status and reputation, wealth, their family lineage, and their considered superior culture; that is there respect and value for their legal and education systems. These values highlight the themes of honour, justice and pride. However the black races have a different legacy and culture; that which has been inherited. In both texts;…show more content…
Justice is shown in Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ in an ironic sense when Bob Ewell who is the cause of the climax of racial tension in the novel, falls on his own knife. The context of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is very similar to that of ‘The Tracker’ in that there was racism from the beginning and the story is about a peak in this racism and one man who tries to challenge the respective status quos of their societies. Where Atticus and the tracker differ is in their contexts. Atticus is not responsible directly for the death of Bob Ewell but in a way by Atticus making people think as he stood up for Tom Robinson in the court case, people began to look down on Bob Ewell even more than they had previously, the opposite reaction to what Mr Ewell had hoped for, which ended up killing him. Strangely enough the antagonist in the Tracker is also dead at the conclusion as penance for the evil deeds he has committed however the Tracker is directly responsible for his death as he hangs him to avenge the Aboriginal victims he killed as well as his own white colleague. A quote taken from a song in the tracker is ‘All men choose the path they walk’ which proves to be true between both Atticus and the Tracker who choose to be honourable members of society through their actions, whilst the antagonists of both are this way, and receive their justice because of…show more content…
The context of ‘The Tracker’ and ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ focuses on the themes of stereotyping and discrimination conveyed through the different relationships between different groups and people. This is shown in both texts through the honourable protagonists and how they are portrayed to be honourable through their actions, choices and non acceptance of their respective contexts. It is also shown through the similarity between the two in the injustice of their contexts and the justice that is dished out at the end as well as the ignorance of the bigot between the two. Both stories contain strong themes of stereotyping, discrimination, bigotry, prejudice, racism and injustice however these are similarly balanced out between the two through themes of honour, compassion, justice and honesty which in the end
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