Response to To Kill a Mockingbird - Hilary Whalen English...

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Hilary Whalen English 10-1 Mrs. Wacker 8 December 2014 Response to To Kill a Mockingbird Nelle Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird (1960. New York: Warner Books, 1982. Print) is an acclaimed sociological novel that takes place in Maycomb, Alabama. This city is very comparable to Monroeville, Alabama, the city Lee grew up in. The story takes place during the times of the Great Depression, an economic downfall in the United States throughout the 1930’s. Scout, the main character and narrator is directed by the wisdom of Atticus, her father, and a neighbor Miss Maudie. Throughout the cook she asses the racial inequalities, social institutions, and difficulties of growing up in the south. With her brother Jem and their friend Dill she leaves the idealism of her childhood and is forced to see the problems and difficulties in the adult world. Through their experiences with the accepted social norms of the South, the children learn the importance of understanding others, and why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. As Scout and Jem mature, they become aware of the adult world which often challenges their ideas of right and wrong. During their early childhood, life in the neighborhood shelters them from many of the accepted social norms of the South. Scout
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and Jem grew up for the most part around the same people. As they reached school age they experienced the economic differences between themselves and their peers for the first time.
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