Book Review: To Kill a Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mocking Bird Essay
Social identity is the key role in the book To Kill a Mocking Bird and every character has there own unique identity. Goffman’s concept on social interactionasim is how the identity of a person is assigned by others based on how that individual dresses, bearing, accents etc, and how what other know about the individual’s history. This term is greatly expressed throughout the book and gives you the understanding about how the characters identity is establish and perceived. Another one of Goffman theory is information games and how individuals engage in to show how their identities are different and more complex than the identities assigned to them by organizations roles. This term manipulates each characters identity. For instance this theory can be discovered between characters such as Calpurnia African-American, and white, Boo Radley and the kids, and Atticus and scout. These characters will play a great role in Goffman’s theory social interactions and give you a better concept on social identity.

One day Calpurnia takes Jem and Scout to her church in her neighborhood. The church is filled with African-American people and she speaks in a different southern accent way and uses other expressions. Scout notices that Calpurnia was leading a double life like speaking and acting different in the finch household, and going to church speaking in a different style. For instance when scout and Calpurnia were talking about the acts among her friends "Cal," I asked, "why do you talk nigger-talk to your folks when you know it's not right?” (Lee pg. 125). Cal begins to say it wouldn’t be right that the way she spoke in the Finch house would be out of place among her black friends. Evidence of this is when Scout and Calpurnia were discussing the way she talks “It’s not necessary to tell all you know. Its not ladylike-in the second place, folks don’t like to have somebody around knowin’ more than they do” (Lee pg....
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