To Kill a Mockingbird Critical Analysis

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To Kill a Mockingbird Critical Analysis English 10 5th Hour Discrimination—it is all around us. It is nothing new, as is illustrated in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, was set in the 1920’s. There were several types of discrimination that were symbolized in the story, but the most prevalent were racism, sexism, and socioeconomic status. According to www.dictionary.com, the types of discrimination are defined as follows: racism is “the hatred or intolerance of another race or other races”; sexism is an “attitude or behavior based on traditional stereotypes of sexual roles”. Discrimination based on socioeconomic status involves judging someone by the “individual’s or group's position within a hierarchical social structure. Socioeconomic status depends on a combination of variables, including occupation, education, income, wealth, and place of residence.” To Kill a Mockingbird demonstrates how discrimination has always been here, and always will be. Racism is the most obvious form of discrimination represented in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The main character is a six year old girl named Scout Finch. Her father, Atticus, is a lawyer for Maycomb County, Alabama. He is appointed as the attorney for Tom Robinson, a colored man from their town. He is accused of raping Mayella Ewell. When people started to find out that Atticus was defending a Negro man, they started treating his family differently. Despite the cruel treatment from the people of Maycomb County, Atticus stood strong in his belief that every man is created equal, and therefore deserves a fair trial. He had a great impact on his children, by teaching them his beliefs. One character that shows us deep feelings of racism is Mrs.Dubose. She is an elderly woman that the Finch children, Jem and Scout, have grown to dislike because she is so mean and rude. One quote which
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