To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird illustrates the complexity of dealing with prejudice through its rich characters–characters rooted in their environment, living out the effects of narrow pre-judging and mob mentality, but also finding some grace in the voices of justice and innocence, Atticus and Scout. TKAM gives the best and the worst of the American soul.

Submission by Katherine Greenwood

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  1. Fatita says:

    Sep 8, 2012

    The town of Maycomb is revolved arnuod family generations, and having many ancestors who live with each other in Maycomb. Because Aunt Alexandra has fit into Maycomb’s society and began to believe in what women in Maycomb have told her, she has come to a conclusion that ancestry is very important. Aunt Alexandra asked Atticus to speak to Jem and Scout about how they should live up there name and appreciate the fact that they are Finches, also to act like a lady and gentleman of their ancestry. I do not believe Atticus finds this a priority to tell the kids this, because the Finches are known to be against blacks having the same rights as whites. I believe that Atticus’ internal conflict was telling the kids to be proud of their ancestry when really; Atticus was ashamed of the way his ancestors looked towards black people. Scout was very upset because she felt that Atticus was saying whatever Aunt Alexandra told him to say, but Atticus assured her not to worry. Atticus stated, “’I don’t want you to remember it. Forget it’” (Lee 179.) Atticus’ actions showed that as a person, he is willing to stand up for what he believes and will not tolerate his own children to be taught any other way.

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