To Kill a Mocking Bird Analysis

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Eric Collins
March 14, 2011
English 1-1A

What do you think about the story To Kill a Mockingbird, is it your favorite book. The story is a good example of like in the south and what the people were like in the south at the time. It give you a good view into the life of the people and how they lived and what they were like. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee the author use characterization, plot, and setting to get her meaning or main idea of the story across which is to give the reader a perspective on life in the south during about the 1930's.

The first element of the story that helps explain the meaning is characterization. Characterization helps describe the people and how they were, and what they lived like during about the 1930's. An example from the story is when Scout says to Cal, "He ain't company Cal, he's just a Cunningham." This quote shows that even young kids judge on what you are like, the Cunningham's in the story are poor hard working people and Scout is quick to judge based on their social class. Example two is when Jem and Scout are walking by Mrs.Dubose's house and she says to them,"Not only a Finch waiting on tables, but one in the courthouse lawing for a negro." What she shows in the racism of the south and how the people back then had different views than the ones they do now, back then you were judged on the color of your skin, not the type of person you were. The third example is when the children have been watching the trial of Tom Robinson and Dill has to leave because he gets sick. The children leave and run into Mr.Raymond who tells them what he thinks of the way Tom is treated by saying,"Cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they're people to.

This next element which helps the author get her meaning across is the plot. The plot is the order of events in the story and as the story goes on the plot helps the reader to understand the situation that Atticus and Tom and...
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