"To kill a Mockingbird"

Essay by xxveronHigh School, 10th gradeA-, November 2006

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"To Kill A Mockingbird" is an unforgettable novel which takes place in a 1930 racist setting in Maycomb, Alabama. Maycomb is a misunderstood community full of sin and ignorance. Maycomb is a setting that contains many racist beliefs due to the ignorance and sinful actions of the citizens, which Lee establishes with character dialogue and the use of stylistic devices.

The feud between blacks and whites in Maycomb is ignorant because the whites think they are too good and they don't understand that blacks deserve all the privileges and the same respect as they get. There is a clear division in Maycomb indicated by the two different churches. The people of Maycomb do not believe in going to the same church as people with a different skin color. This is shown when Lula says, "I wants to know why you bringin' white chillun to nigger church."(Lee 119) This quote specifically shows the sinful racism and ignorance in the novel.

Lula's quote describes to us that there is a white church in which blacks are not welcome and a black church which whites are not welcome. The quote shows ignorance and sinful racism because neither culture wants to be in each other's presence in their church. In God's eyes, people are equal and by discriminating against each other's skin colour is a sin.

Words and actions both speak loudly. Tom Robinson was locked up in jail with Atticus waiting out front to make sure nothing bad happened. Four cars eventually pull up and a number of men come out including Walter Cunningham, attempting to lynch or severally hurt Tom Robinson. This is revealed when someone says, "You know what we want, get aside from the door Mr. Finch."(Lee 151) When the man says this, he wants Atticus to move from...