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What is a classic One definition given by the dictionary is having lasting significance or worth enduring When examined closely we can discover what makes the novel unique and memorable There are many important messages in Harper Lees To Kill A Mockingbird which make it memorable to the reader The main message in this novel is about racism how people around you not just parents have a strong influence on you when you are growing up and how rumors and misjudging can make a person look bad Judging other people without knowledge of the facts is also a common occurrence Nearly the whole last half of the book is about racism The attitude of the whole town is that Tom Robinson because he is black andall Negroes lieall Negroes are basically immoral beingsall Negro men are not to be trusted around our womenLee 207 will be found guilty regardless of how good a case Atticus makes for him There was substantial amount of evidence that suggests his innocence Even the prosecutions two witnesses stories contradicted each other The jury did not give a guilty verdict it gave a racist verdict Not a verdict based on fact but a verdict based on the color of a mans skin This is important because the author was not making this racism up it was what it was like in those times She is trying to show how ignorant and blind people can be just because of differences between them as well as how society treats racial minorities During the book Scout and Jem are at an age were people around them greatly affect their thoughts views and ideas about the world Although Atticus tried to raise them to treat Negroes as equals people around them affected their views on them A good example is when Dill questioned the seemingly rude way which Mr Gilmer treated Tom Robinson Scout replied by saying after all hes just a Negro Lee
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