Literary analysis essay on" To kill a mockingbird"
To Kill a Mockingbird by Nell Harper Lee was published in 1960 but written in 1937. It won the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, and adapted to the screen the following year. It is considered one of the biggest selling books in American literature.
To kill a mockingbird is a moving chronicle of childhood, both funny and nostalgic. Harper Lee never got down, this novel is largely autobiographical. There are lots of Monroeville (Alabama town where she was born and where she returned to live away from the world, with her sister) in Maycomb, Atticus of his father (a lawyer, he was, too, to plead a cases similar to that of Tom Robinson), and Truman Capote, a childhood friend, in the character of Dill. Moreover, when we know in retrospect what Capote was traumatized by the trial of Richard Hickock and Perry Smith, whom he shot In Cold Blood, the passage where Dill, upset by the trial collapses into tears is even more poignant.
The narrator in the book is a little girl who is six years old at the beginning of the book and nine at the end. It depicts the situation of the relations of the branches of an old family of Alabama, the Finch, with the rest of the community in a small town, when her father, Atticus, shall be appointed as advocate of a black accused of raping a white girl, belonging to a very poor family and questionable morals. Atticus Finch was then a member of the House of Representatives from Alabama. (Bloom, pp.110)
It is through the eyes of Scout that the reader grasps the malicious small congregation of Maycomb. Her innocence, her frankness, her repartee, is flying. The world of childhood portrayed by Harper Lee is full of humor and tenderness (in this respect, the story of the first day of class Scout is no shortage of spicy). This does not prevent the melancholy flush when Scout finds that her brother grows less and less desire to share his games and away from her gently.
Throughout history, the authors of the literature have used their words to convey emotions, ideas and beliefs. Occasionally a work is so well written and so powerful that it becomes a classic. This is the case with the story of Harper Lee, to kill a mockingbird. On the surface the story is about a girl growing up in the Deep South and her experiences during this period of time, but when you take a second glance it is easy to see that the book is also about the morals, maturity, and society as a whole. (Bender, et al, p226) The events of the life of the scout as a child have a positive impact on its development of character and personality and that it eventually becomes as an adult. His character is unique in that she was raised by a single father who is very hands off approach led by child rearing child that allows him to experience life on its own terms as it is wise. "
The message in the novel emerges as a humanist credo and universal condemnation to racism and hatred, but explaining the segregation bias of these characters. The benefit of the dominant people in the society is highlighted; conferred upon them by their position; trying unconsciously, by the show of contempt widen the gap that separate the dominated.