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Harper Lees famous book To Kill a Mockingbird is one of societys most treasured examples of writing It has won a Pulitzer Prize amongst other prestigious writing awards and has sold more than 30 million copies worldwide It has been turned into a movie and is even a standard part of high school syllabus in most countries But what angle is Ms Lee trying to convey Is it illustrating mans inhumanity to man in Alabama at that point in time or was it conveying a symbol of courage and hope To Kill a Mockingbird is set in a small town called Maycomb in Alabama in the 1930s This was a time during the Great Depression and a time where a man was persecuted for his physical appearance To Kill a Mockingbird conveys this image throughout the course of the book mainly through the character known as Tom Robinson Tom Robinson was accused of raping a white woman and though there was clear evidence that such an event did not in fact occur he was still persecuted because of his skin colour In this case it was black mans world versus white mans lies and as society had it back in those days the white man always came out on top Another example of unjust persecution in To Kill a Mockingbird was when Jem and Scout found out about Mr Dolphus Raymond This white man was forced to a life of secrecy just because his morals and principles where different to those of the town Because Mr Raymond chose to congregate with the black community of Maycomb he had to act drunk so as not to be ridiculed by the whites In fact the black people of Maycomb were so low in the towns social hierarchy that when Atticus Finch a well respected citizen decided to defend Tom Robinson his family was victimised and their safety was jeopardized Ms Lee portrays the majority of
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