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To Kill A Mocking Bird- Full grade 9 BR

Harper Lee choose the setting as an imaginary (May comb) county in Alabama during the 1930's.
She set the story during this time because it was a time of social turbulence, and a time when
Americans began to start thinking about more modern social issues.This was the perfect setting in which to create a theme that illustrates the injustices of prejudice, intolerance, and quick judgments of others.
Harper Lee chose to tell the book from the eyes of Scout, because Scout's innocence and young
age allow her to have a pure, untainted view on any event that takes place. In general, Scout
observes, but has no preconception of the events that develop.For a child, it is easier to see the shades of gray of someone’s character. A child cannot see someone;s
age or gender etc… as a cause for their problems or shortcomings.
Thefirst character to be judged swiftly and wrongly is the Finch;s neighbor Boo Radley. Boo is
introduced as a hermit that lives shut up in his house, completely isolated from the outside world.
Dill, Jem, and Scout spend most of their free time either ridiculing Boo or trying to lure him out of his house. By using the children;s innocent fear of the unknown, Harper Lee succeeds in
demonstrating the basis of all prejudice. In the end, the Finch;s bizarre neighbor becomes a hero and saves the children from almost certain death. While the children imagined and concluded Boo was a monster of some sort, he ends up saving the children of whom he knows almost nothing about.This part also brings about a decision where abiding by the law would be an injustice.
Harper Lee introduces and portrays Bob Ewell as a villainous and evil man, but she creates Bob in this way to illustrate how judgment is too quickly made. Harper Lee begins to unfolds the root of Bob;s anger. She also illustrates the sordid and destitute conditions the Ewell;s live in. Poor,


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