To Kill a Mockingbird and Animal Farm

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Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is considered a classic text because it is based on the meaning of a mockingbird, the idea of growing up, and the theme of prejudice and racism which still is a problem today. George Orwell’s Animal Farm is considered a classic text because it holds historical importance and shows how easily humans can be corrupted by power. The story of To Kill a Mockingbird is set in Alabama, a town in Maycomb, during the Great Depression. The story is told in the eyes of Scout Finch, a six year old child (eight years old at the end of the novel), who represents innocence in the novel. The title To Kill a Mockingbird carries a metaphorical meaning. The ‘mockingbird’ represents the idea of innocence. The quote “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but . . . sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (said by Miss Maudie to Scout) explains how mockingbirds come to represent innocence. Thus, To Kill a Mockingbird is to destroy innocence. Scout grows up and experiences different things about the harsh nature of humans. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it” is a quote that Atticus (Scout’s father) says to Scout. She struggles, with varying degrees of success, to put Atticus’s advice into practice and to live with sympathy and understanding toward others. At the end of the novel, she succeeds in comprehending Boo Radley’s perspective of things. The theme of prejudice and racism is present during the court case of Tom Robinson’s accused rape on Mayella Ewell. "The state has not produced one iota of medical evidence that the crime Tom Robinson is charged with ever took place. It has relied instead upon the testimony of two witnesses whose evidence has not only been called into serious question on cross-examination, but has been flatly contradicted by the defendant. The defendant is not guilty, but somebody in this...
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