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The Issues of Cold-Heartedness, Shame, Ignorance, Intolerance and Racism Through the Eyes of a Child in the Novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee
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To Kill a Mockingbird Essay To Kill a Mockingbird is set in 1932 in the Deep South It deals with issues of cold heartedness shame ignorance intolerance and racism through a childs eyes It is contrasted by the concern dignity tolerance and caring of a white brother sister single father and their respected black maid This small family units ethics are in contrast to the ethics of the rest of the town This sets the tone of the book In my opinion the generation you were born in influences how you react to the situation in the book For example I discussed this topic with my mother who was a very young girl when the book was published She was shocked and appalled by Tom Robinsons situation However I think that most teenagers in this generation arent nearly as shocked and surprised with the situation that happened to Tom Robinson due to all the violence in video games and movies Also the geographic area you live in may change your reaction to the story For instance if you live in a country like the United States where violence occurs daily you might be less shocked by the situation happening with Tom Robinson If you live in a country like England where guns are illegal your reaction to Tom Robinsons death might be totally different to those of Americans For me being a teenager in the United States in 2004 the incident as it is written did not work although I do understand that it works for others Since 1932 the Civil Rights Movement has improved the lives for African Americans in many ways In the book Scout is surprised that many of the African American church congregation could not read Now as schools have integrated African Americans have better access to education Tom Robinson obviously had an unfair trial due to his ethnicity According to the University of Alabamas Black News prisons in America
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