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The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a simplistic view of life in the Deep South of America in the 1930s An innocent but humorous stance in the story is through the eyes of Scout and Jem Finch Scout is a young adolescent who is growing up with the controversy that surrounds her fathers lawsuit Her father Atticus Finch is a lawyer who is defending a black man Tom Robinson with the charge of raping a white girl The lives of the characters are changed by racism and this is the force that develops during the course of the narrative As previously mentioned the point of view in this narrative is from Scout Her upbringing has been respectful to the African-Americans in her society and she shows this with her relationship with her maid Calpurnia Other children her age have adopted their parents racially prejudice views causing her of many problems Atticuss lawsuit seems to isolate his children and Scout is taunted with remarks in the playground Her only retort is violence and Atticus as a virtuous father does not condone this behaviour either My fists were clenched I was ready to make fly Cecil Jacobs had announced the day before that Scout Finchs daddy defended niggers Atticuss battle for justice causes more problems for Scout She is continually defending him but the racist remarks do not stop These remarks just show how cruel children can be to other children She feels the need to defend her father to Francis her cousin He was also taunting her with accusations At a safe distance her called Hes nothin but a nigger-lover The benign force of racism has disrupted their lives especially Scouts through the old fashioned and discriminative opinions of the younger residents of Maycomb My attitude to racism has developed in the course of the narrative Mr Dolphus Raymond continues to elaborate on my feelings while he talks to Scout and Dill
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