To Kill a Mockingbird Critical Review

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Getachew Silva Mrs.Parenti English 9A January 5, 2011 Critical Review To Kill a Mockingbird by Lee Harper is a very well plotted story that contains exquisite action. It is told through the eyes of a young girl named Jean-Louise. The story set in the 1930s in a small town called Maycomb. In this story Scout experience some events that become life changing. Though the book is a hard read it has events that express prejudice, wisdom, and fear. The book is a hard read because it makes readers think and reread passages for them to understand what the author was trying to say. A good example is the ending of the book. It was very hard to figure out who had killed Bob Ewell. Atticus thought that it was Jem but the sheriff said that Bob Ewell fell on his knife. The person that really killed Bob Ewell was Boo Radley and the sheriff hides that fact to protect Boo Radley from trials in court. For readers to be able to tell that it was Boo Radley who killed Bob Ewell they had to pay attention to quotes like “Thank you Arthur….. Thank you for my children” (Lee chap 31). The Author gives readers clues and makes them think to figure out questions, she never gives a straight out answer. The author has events that exemplify prejudice really well. One example of prejudice in the story is the trial. Bob Ewell sues an African American man named Tom Robinson for raping his daughter. The court pleads the man guilty without any proof of rape. Had this been a white man instead the outcomes would have been different. When Tom Robinson was asked why he helped the “Victim” he answered “Looks like she didn't have nobody to help her. I felt sorry for her”(Lee chap 19-20). When Tom said those words the court couldn’t believe what they had heard. They were most offended that a Black man felt sorry for a white woman. The words Tom Robinson spoke might have cost him his innocent in

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