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The Extent To kill a Mockingbird critiques the cultural Principles of Maycomb Society

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'To kill a Mockingbird' is a powerful reflection of Harper Lee, the author's, upbringing. Having been raised in the little town of Alabama in the 1920's she was frequently exposed to bias and this motivated her to write a novel, her only to date, loosely based on her early times. Tom Robinson's trial, set in Maycomb County, is a parallel to the Scottsboro Trial, that had been an infamous case during Lee's youth, where a 'negro' was accused of rape. However the emphasis is based more on the lawyer, Atticus Finch, who defends him , as the book is written from the point of view of his daughter, Jean Louise, called 'Scout'. Throughout, a significance is put on the fact that 'it is a sin to kill a mockingbird' since they only 'sing their hearts out for us' and 'don't eat up people's gardens'. This is a comment on the fact that Maycomb culture victimises Tom Robinson, despite the fact that he is harmless and only does good, exactly like the mockingbird. This symbolic meaning resulted in the name 'To Kill a Mockingbird' rather than the initial name 'Atticus' since the publishers felt the book wasn't solely based on Atticus as someone. On the contrary, they felt that the worth of Maycomb society like societal division and standing, racial bias, double standards, ethics and courage were the targets of this publication. It is important to appreciate the advantages a kid narrator brings into a novel of this sort, due to Scout's innocence and childhood she doesn't understand certain social infrastructures that governs the adult world, thus exposing Maycomb in a way that an adult narrator couldn't. This allows Harper Lee to critique the worthiness of Maycomb society in a more subtle manner, such as Scout doesn't judge people, but rather explains...

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