How is the issue of Southern racism in the 1920’s and 1930’s implemented in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird

Üstün, Zeynep Sevin (2011) How is the issue of Southern racism in the 1920’s and 1930’s implemented in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mockingbird. Other thesis, TED ANKARA COLLEGE FOUNDATION HIGH SCHOOL.

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The purpose of this essay is to analyse how Harper Lee has portreyed “black racism” in the late 1920s and 1930s in the southern part of America. This essay reflects how racism is depicted in the social environment of Maycomb County, Alabama and the effects of being dark skinned in an era filled with segregation. It also examines how Harper Lee has portreyed each characters perspectives towards racism to create awareness of human behavior in both kindness and in cruelty. Harper Lee explores the situation in which the defender of a black man is , in a society filled with racial prejudiced views from the perspective of Scout, the young daughter of Atticus Finch, the defender. Lee lets the reader ponder upon the issue of racism and how Scout and Jem grow throughout the process of the trial of Tom Robinson and how they gain perspective of the world around them in matters of racial segregation. With courage , pride and belief in himself Atticus Finch defends the truth with his heart by going against the racist perspectives of the time.An idea that one ponders upon while reading “To Kill A Mockingbird” is if justice will overcome the discrimination in the case of the trial.The penetrating theme of racism clearly shows the impacts of which racial segregation had in Southern USA. After the civil war, the situation of African Americans in the South have exacerbated. Racism has gotten into its peak and the white society has had many prejudices about their former slaves.Harper Lee portrays these prejudices in each character and illustrates the seclusion of the African Americans throughout the plot of the novel.

Item Type: Thesis (Other)
Additional Information: Supervisor: Hacer Çimen
Uncontrolled Keywords: Harper Lee, To Kill A Mockingbird, racism
Subjects: P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > PS American literature
Depositing User: Kamil Çömlekçi
Date Deposited: 23 Jun 2011 06:49
Last Modified: 12 Apr 2019 10:59

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