To Kill a Mockingbird; Not a Love Story

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Sabo 1 Kate Sabo English 1H Ms. Malavasi 9/21/12 To Kill a Mockingbird Not a Love Story To Kill a Mockingbird is a brilliant novel by Harper Lee describing her childhood experiences in Maycomb, Alabama. “I don’t mean romantic love, but it is a love story. How love flows beyond the boundries of affection for one person or even one family, but caring for everybody” (Butts, 66). In this quote, the author refers to her novel as a love story, however this statement is undoubtedly debatable. To say this novel is a love story takes away from the reason Harper Lee wrote this book in the first place. Harper Lee wrote the book to describe her experience growing up in a racist community. All the events that occur throughout the course of the story lead up to the trial, which is in fact written to show the lurid reality of the Scottsboro Brothers Trial of 1937. To Kill a Mockingbird is not a love story, because the book itself was written entirely to show the horrors of racism in the early 1900s. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee tells the story of her childhood through the protagonist, Scout. Scout, like many other children growing up at the time, doesn’t really have a good sense of the racism that surrounds her. When Scout’s father Atticus is asked to defend a black man in court, it turns her life upside down. Over the course of the story, Scout begins to understand that racism exists. She gains a new perspective on her Sabo 2 community and the attitude of the people surrounding her. This shows the way Scout matures over the course of the story. This is a very moving part of the book- the way the reader gets to see Scout grow up in such a tough place where everyone seems so ignorant. By the end of the story, she has matured and become more like Atticus. “I think there is just one kind of folks. Folks” (Lee, 260). In this quote the
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