To Kill a Mockingbird Analysis

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May 29, 2010
To Kill a Mockingbird
By: Harper Lee

The novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a timeless classic of growing up and takes readers to the roots of human behavior. It was an instant bestseller and made into an Academy Award-winning film and is today regarded as a masterpiece of American literature. The main characters go through a lot of hardships which they eventually overcome. The tone is Childlike, humorous, nostalgic, innocent; and as the novel progresses, increasingly dark, foreboding, and critical of society. Racism is found within the book in which a black man is on trial for rape, all the way to dealing with the creepy neighbors, going to school for the first time and a boy named Dill who comes to live in the neighborhood for the summer. I think Scout going to school for the first time and coping with the students is a pretty good example of one of the many obstacles found within the novel. Although the book wasn’t published until 1960, the setting is based on the time of the Great Depression set in rural Maycomb, Alabama. As stated in the book, “a day was twenty-four hours long but seemed longer. There was no hurry, for there was nowhere to go, nothing to buy and no money to buy it with, nothing to see outside the boundaries of Maycomb County” (1.10). Maycomb is its own little world that doesn’t know what’s happening elsewhere and doesn’t care. Few people move there (not much reason to) and few people leave (why bother). The small town is a racist white community, and the way things are in Maycomb is the way things have always been, and there’s not much anyone can do about it. The coming of age theme that the setting provides, allows the main speaker, Scout, to realize just what they have. An example of Scout's "coming of age" can be seen on her first day of school. Also, she finds that just like with Dill, there are both social and poor classes in society, some are respectable while others are not. She...
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