Kill a Mockingbird Crime Drama Essay

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The book has had a huge impact on society, helping the post 1950s world deal more clearly with the subject of civil rights, racial injustice, and the eradication of childhood innocence. "In the 20th century, To Kill a Mockingbird is probably the most widely read book dealing with race in America, and its protagonist, Atticus Finch, the most enduring fictional image of racial heroism" (Crespino, 2000, 9).

There are numerous themes that also make this novel an enduring classic -- gender roles, compassion, truth, and while most scholars and librarians believe this is a book that everyone should read while alive, there are numerous critics who object to the novel's treatment of black roles and racial epithets. Fortunately, reason has prevailed, for it is just exactly those stereotypical characterizations and use of language that Lee wants the reader to become incensed with rage and disbelief that just a few short decades ago, people actually talked that way about another human being (Pauli, 2006; Samuels, 2009).

A very interesting symbol, though, that is critical to the understanding of the book is the Mockingbird itself. The Mockingbird has a very deep and powerful meaning in the novel. In general, it represents peacefulness, innocence and kindness. Characters such as the reclusive Boo Radely, the falsely accused Tom Robinson, and even our narrator, Scout Finch all represent parts of the mockingbird. Yet, the mockingbird's influence does not end there. For it can also be applied to relationship between human beings.

JEAN: & #8230; When he gave us air rifles, he asked us never to kill a mockingbird.

(MISS MAUDIE ATKINSON has come out on her porch.)

MISS MAUDIE (to JEAN LOUISE). Your father's right. Mockingbirds just make music.

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