To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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To Kill a Mockingbird Essay
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee was a pivotal novel in literature at the time of its release and is looked at as a modern day classic. It has been renowned as a masterpiece of modern day American literature. For its strong and colorful characters, realistic yet fitting setting, and serious yet eye-opening topics and themes are just a handful of reasons why this book is so strong. For these reasons along with others is why it should be taught in schools to today’s youth as it is today. This essay will go into greater detail about why this remains true for this book.

Some people believe that it’s the character in To Kill a Mockingbird that makes it such a great novel. Truth is this is one of the main reasons because the characters are vivid, realistic and complex which draws the reader in and great for the class to analyze and discuss about. For example, Atticus Finch is the hero of the novel but was soft-spoken and allows his intelligence to prove his worth most notably when defending Tom Robinson in the court case and “turning the other cheek” when threatened and spat upon by Bob Ewell. Atticus is personification of the everyday hero whose acts go unnoticed by his community but seen by a select few people. Another noteworthy character to the story is Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, the child narrator of the novel. Scout is the untainted innocence of the novel which makes her in many ways the perfect character to narrate the story because there is underline theme in Harper Lee’s novel about “stolen innocence.” Indeed, the characters provide To Kill a Mockingbird with much of its great story.

Characters would be nothing without a proper setting, and the setting in To Kill a Mockingbird is extremely noteworthy. The novel takes place in a “tired old town” known as Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s, all the while The Great Depression was taking affect. Putting the events in this area/...
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