To Kill a Mockingbird

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November 14, 2012
People’s Believes in Maycomb
In the novel by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, she gives a detailed insight into human nature and its consequences. She focuses on a specific time period, the 1930’s. In the novel, she makes me feel the cruel reality of that time period. However, it also gave me a bright perspective of how they kept their spirits alive. Through Harper Lee’s novel, she showed us the power of human will to survive in such a segregated time period. As I was reading this novel, I learned that some of the most important things that the characters had were deep faith, imagination, and self-control in order to keep their spirits alive.

Throughout this novel, deep faith was really important to some of the characters in this book. During the Great Depression African American people weren’t treated right. Meanwhile, the black community attended a church on Sundays called “First Purchase.” Like other African American in town, Calpurnia attended every Sunday to church. One time, while Atticus was away from the town Calpurnia decided to take the kids to church. To my surprise everyone accepted them into their church really politely with exception of Lula. Because some of the black community couldn’t read, they sing along songs. They also collected money for Tom Robinson’s wife, knowing that little help could’ve been their dinner that night. Not only does the black community attended church but Atticus does too. He always likes to sit by himself in church and have a quiet time to talk to God. I think this is one of the many reasons why Atticus is a good man.

People in Maycomb not only use their faith to maintain their spirits alive, but they also used their imagination. Dill is a character that comes from a broken family. Therefore, he uses his imagination to make up stories about his father to tell people, like Scout and Jem, that are not truth. A related example happened when he first came to Maycomb, in the beginning of the summer....
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