Courage & Knowledge

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Austin Hughes Hughes 1
Mr. Quigley
English 8-2
5 May 2013
Knowledge and Courage
To Kill a Mockingbird is not a story about birds, or animal abuse. This novel is a book of knowledge and courage which both teaches and fixes people's view of life. Even though the title is "To Kill a Mockingbird," it is suitable to entitle it as to kill our stubborn misunderstandings. This book is full of courage shown by Harper Lee. During her lifetime, there was a lot of racism going on in America. However, Harper Lee wrote To Kill a Mockingbird, which is about racism in the society, to go against racism that is crushingly real. To present her message through her book to the people was a very dangerous action. However, this book touched people's deepest heart and awakened them to the terrible reality. Therefore, this novel is one of the best classic American novels and is universally acclaimed, because of three reasons. To Kill a Mockingbird educates the whole world about racism around the world, and the themes that teach knowledge about life.

Harper Lee expresses the global racism through her book. Not only are the colored people criticized from the whites but also the Radley’s are part of the white society that was discriminated. The Radley’s lived differently from the rest of the Maycomb people. However, just by living in a different style, the people believed that they were different human beings. Even Jeremy described Boo Radley as "he is about six-and-a- half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that is why his hands were

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bloodstained." I found this on page thirteen of the book. This description seems fit for monsters, not a human being. Just by a different life style, people create weird concepts about Radley. Also, racism in Maycomb is very serious, they have different churches and different picnic areas. Racism comes from different lifestyle, or different...
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