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How does the past dominate the events in the play? How far does Atticus overcome this domination?

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'To kill a Mockingbird' How does the past dominate the events in the play? How far does Atticus overcome this domination? The play 'To kill a mockingbird' is based in Alabama in South America in the 1930's. At the time although slavery had been abolished, down south of America was still influenced by the idea of white superiority. Slavery had been around for some time in America after the whites travelled to Africa and discovered that people with dark skin also existed. They traded their goods for black people and took them back to their own country. There, they sold them at markets to work for the rest of their lives doing hard labour and being treated in a very cruel way. This historical context has importance in the play because the actual story line of the play is all about the part that the past plays in society in those days and how it influenced the racial opinions of the majority of people. Even after slavery was abolished, black people were still being treated badly and were looked down upon by white people. There was segregation everywhere. ...read more.


This also expresses the racial opinions of society because the duty was part of the society and represented them when they found the men guilty. In the play 'to kill a mocking bird' the majority of the society had racist views against blacks but there were some exceptions, Atticus Finch, who was the lawyer taking on the case was different. He did not discriminate against blacks and instead, he thoroughly believed that Tom was innocent and did anything he could to defend him in court. For doing this Atticus was looked down upon by the people of the town for defending a black man. He was aware that he would lose the case yet he went ahead with it. When his children asked him why he took on a case destined to lose, Atticus replied: " Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win" This quote was said very wisely. Although Atticus said this, he was actually referring to someone else when he said this. ...read more.


The only reason why there was no chance of Tom Robinson winning the case was because he was black. The past had domination on the events. The ideas of racism, segregation and negative thoughts against black people were in the past and yet they dominated what happened in the play. The culture of Maycomb was racism. The people in the town considered it as the norm, nobody felt it was wrong and nobody tried to stop it. However, Atticus Finch tried his level best to overcome this domination. In the play 'to kill a mockingbird' Atticus had a very strong personality and was one of the few people who had his own opinion and did not share the opinions of the 'norm' of the society of Maycomb town. He had a value system in which he thought that everyone should be respected regardless of who they were and where they had come from. This didn't just include black people but also the divided people of Maycomb town like Bob Ewell and Mrs Durbose. Name: Saniya Zia Candidate number: 3183 Centre number: 20243 1 English Coursework "To kill a Mockingbird" ...read more.

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