10 March 2011 To Kill a Mockingbird

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Caitlyn Hughes

Mrs. Thomas

English 9H

10 March 2011

To Kill a Mockingbird: Analyzing Literature

Do you remember when you where a child and you didn’t have a care in the world, then one day you realized how you slowly lost that innocence as you got older? That is what is happening in the book To Kill a Mockingbird the one and only fiction novel by Harper Lee, which the setting takes place during The Great Depression during the 1930’s. To Kill a Mockingbird is the remake of Harper Lee’s life, made into a story. In this story the main character, Scout (Jean Louise), retells the story of her childhood and the event that led her to losing her innocence. Scout learns that world is not just a happy place but also an ugly place as well. She sees racism, prejudices, and people taking advantage of other people. Throughout the story, Scout, learns how to deal with the world and how to act when blows are taken, this shows the make-up of how the characters throughout the story change or do not change. An example of character is Scout’s father, Atticus, and how he is a static character all throughout To Kill a Mockingbird. This novel also presents an implied theme, building on it as the book goes along.

When you see all the events that take place in To Kill a Mockingbird that most of the characters mentioned in the novel to chance at least some of their views throughout it. Not all of them changed, for example Scout and Jem’s father Atticus. Atticus is a lawyer for the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. He goes through almost as much as Scout and her brother so you would thing he would change his views, but he does not. Atticus is what you would call a static character, a static character is a person, animal, so on and so forth that does not change their views or ideas for anyone or anything. Atticus sticks to his views and values throughout To Kill a Mockingbird. An example of this would be when he was defending Tom Robinson, Scout was confronted at school by one of her peers and was told that he dad was wrong to defend a colored man, so she went home and talked to her father about it, on page 139. Scout said, “Well, most folks seem to think they’re right and you’re wrong….” She was questioning if what her father was doing was right. Even though his daughter thought he was wrong, Atticus stuck to his values and ways, so he said, “They’re certainly entitled to think that…” which showed that he didn’t care what the others thought and continued on thinking what he was thinking. This novel also has an implied theme, which is hinting what the theme is all throughout the story, about losing your innocence as a child. Scout, her brother Jem and their friend Dill go throughout To Kill a Mockingbird learning and growing out of their child hood. While they learn those things, they lose their innocence and are not as naïve and they where before. A good example for this is on page 144 in the book when Scout finds out a meaning to a new word. “Atticus,” I said one evening, “what exactly is a nigger-lover?” Then Atticus replies, “…ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody is favoring Negroes…” Scout learns how people treat others in her time and learn what and why they say certain words.

Both literary elements have a huge effect on this story. Atticus’s static character views, that don’t change, help shape and lead his young children on their way as they are losing their innocence and trying to make their way in the world. It shows the bumps in the road and how and how not to act or react to those certain event or happenings. To Kill a Mockingbird is pretty much about how Scout loses her innocence and how her father’s views and help from her friend, help her on her road of knowledge. It goes from the knowledge of a six year old and how the world is fun and safe, to an older child finding out both the ups and downs of the world she lives in.

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