Power and Authority Speech
To Kill a Mocking Bird
Good Morning/Afternoon everyone today I am here to tell you about the first area of study for preliminary English, this is Power and Authority. The novel we are studying is To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee as well as this I have studied an article ‘The Outsider’ by Nikki Barrowclough and the song Black and Blue by The Herd.
I have learnt that while parents have authority over their children some of them use this power over their children in a positive way that benefits the children, for example Atticus Finch, while others abuse their power like Bob Ewell. Harper Lee uses contrast to show the difference between the parenting styles of both these men. The Ewell’s reputation is put to practice and shown to the community when Bob Ewell’s son Burris Ewell comes to the very first day of school. We are then told that the Ewell’s only go to school on the first day of school. We are then old this is the only day they ever come. After this Miss Caroline gets into an argument with Burris Ewell. When Burris Ewell is told to leave he replies “Ain’t no snot-nosed slut of a school teacher ever born c’n make me do nothin’! You ain’t makin’ me go no where, missus.” His use of abusive and offensive language clearly shows his lack of respect for women and the power and authority she holds over him. It is assumed that this lack of respect stems from his father, Bob Ewell, abusive and negative roll modelling.
This is in great contrast to Atticus Finch as in Mocking Bird who shoes his children true values of life about courage and the problems it may throw at them. Atticus teaches Scout and Jem about true moral courage by telling them that “I wanted you to see wheat real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s When you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what” this is what he teaches them as courage as he is trying to teach...
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