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To Kill A Mockingbird

In this world, it is not unusual for people to conform to what is “right” in society. Some of those people who don’t conform, such as Atticus Finch and Harrison Bergeron, are looked down at in their community because of their uniqueness. In the novel ” To Kill A Mockingbird,” by Harper Lee, and the short story ” Harrison Bergeron,” by Kurt Vonnegut Jr., conflict is caused because of the efforts of nonconformists.
Within the novel ” To Kill A Mockingbird,” more than one conflict is created. In a town full of bigotry and racism, and in a time period of extreme economic turbulence, white lawyer Atticus Finch finds himself defending a black man, Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson was accused of raping a white girl, making his case extremely difficult to win. Maycomb County is like a classic 1930 Alabama town, racist. Atticus is approached with an immense amount of criticism, including neighbors accusing him of being,” No better than the niggers and trash he works for.” Atticus refuses to conform to the popular theory against blacks, and stays strong throughout the case. Harper Lee has an ironic way of portraying Atticus as a free-thinking individual, partially because of the fact that the Finch’s cook, Calpurnia, is black. Even Aunt Alexandra thinks that Atticus having a black cook is improper. Atticus disguises all of this criticism that he is receiving, and lets it further propel his personal goal to try to find equality.
Equality is something that the Atticus’s kids, Jem and Scout, search for as well. Scout is a tomboy, she is always getting in fights with everyone. After a peer, Cecil Jacobs, calls her father a, “nigger-lover,” and announces that, ” Scout Finches daddy defends Niggers,” Scout gets ready to knock him out. At such a young age, Scout and Jem felt the pressure of racism. Accounting to Scout’s age, it is ironic that she didn’t conform to be against her father and what he was doing. Children generally mimic and follow others…


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