• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

In this essay I will be discussing and describing how Harper Lee presents the themes of Childhood and Education in this novel of "To Kill A Mocking Bird".

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

ENGLISH MOCKING BIRD ESSAY 14TH October 2002 After reading the first few chapters describe HOW Lee presents the themes of Childhood and Education. * In concluding paragraphs of this essay- using the clues in narrative speculate of how these themes might be developed in the novel. In this essay I will be discussing and describing how Harper Lee presents the themes of Childhood and Education in this novel of "To Kill A Mocking Bird". After I have done this I will be speculating on how both these themes might be developed in this novel. Harper Lee presents childhood and education in many ways. The most obvious way of how she both these themes are by writing this novel in a child's point of view, she uses her own experience of childhood and she interprets this into the story by writing about her experiences of childhood and education as a child growing up in the south where the story is set. Her presentation of childhood is made by showing the imagination that a child goes through at the ages where they are still learning the values and facts of life. This particular element in the story is used a lot during the beginning of the story while they are still young; the gothic imagination that Scout, Jem and Dill have show their fear, curiosity and excitement that they have about Maycomb and about the Radley House including its occupants. ...read more.

Middle

Harper Lee presents education in a number of ways. Learning discipline is one way of how she presents this theme; this is also linked with childhood as when you are a child you are taught how to behave by people at home and by people at school. Discipline is taught to every child from the day they are first brought into the world. Scout is also disciplined in school by her teacher when she gets punished, "Miss Caroline picked up her ruler, gave me half a dozen pats, then told me to stand in the corner." Another thing that is linked with childhood in the way Lee has presented education is the relationship that a child had with her teacher, during chapter two the teacher learns more from the children. Miss Caroline learns about the types of stereotypes that people are in. in the town of Maycomb. Harper Lee has shown us that education is very important to some people in the town. It is like today, the majority of people in this world put education as a priority while some people also known as truants don't. The truants that Lee tells us about in this story are the Ewell's. The author also presents education by telling us about the limitations of the teacher Miss Caroline; she doesn't seem to like the fact that most of the children in the class are more intelligent than she thought. ...read more.

Conclusion

I think this because as you grow up you never know what might happen- one day your interested in one thing and then the next day you don't find it interesting anymore. One more way in which childhood could be developed during the novel is that the bond that the Finch's and people close to them could become stronger. As I have an idea of the story I think that the bond could become closer by events that might happen such as the case to do with Tom Robinson allegedly raping one of the Ewell's girls. The theme of Education could be developed in this novel by Scout learning a lot of lessons and facts of life while growing up. One way of which this might happen is using the topic of prejudice and discrimination, the children could be learning more about the racial tension and abuse that the black people went through in the town. As you read the story Scout actually learns this when she goes out to Calpurnia's church with Calpurnia and Jem. A black woman called Lula doesn't like the fact that Calpurinia brought Jem and Scout to their church because they are white. Also they could also be learning more about the law and justice of the way people around them live such as the Ewell's, the Cunningham's and even the Radley's. Finally both these themes could be developed in this story by showing and telling the reader that education and childhood are important in this novel as mush as it is in today's modern society. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Harper Lee section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Harper Lee essays

  1. Marked by a teacher

    To Kill a Mocking Bird. In this essay, I will explore the ways in ...

    5 star(s)

    Bob Ewell's poisonous attitude infects all of his children to the point whereby they are morally deficient and are looked down upon by the citizens of Maycomb. The episode also demonstrates that Bob Ewell is far from concerned with his children's education as they are allowed to truant and no "officers could keep their numerous offspring in school".

  2. Marked by a teacher

    Explore how Harper Lee presents the theme of prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird.(TM)

    4 star(s)

    This shows us how he regards other whether black or white. His character also portrays this when he defends a black man he states that if he did not defend him 'I couldn't hold up my head in town.' Where as other characters such as Scouts aunt are not quite as lenient.

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird Full Summary

    She is thinking of returning to get them, when Jem thinks that he hears something which seems to make a noise when they walk and stop when they stop. Scout hears it too, but thinks maybe it's just Cecil again.

  2. Compare and contrast how the role of childhood is presented in the novels To ...

    In contrast to Lee's novel though, it's main protagonists the MacTeer and Breedlove families are poor and black and are trying to survive in any way they can. While Scout and Jem's father Atticus has a good job and they live in a nice house, Frieda and Claudia MacTeer and

  1. Prejudice in Harper Lee's 'To Kill A Mocking Bird'

    One of the Cunningham's was a member of the lynch mob and he makes his intentions clear Atticus. "You know what we want... Get aside from the door, Mr. Finch". The mob become more aggressive and Tom would have been murdered if it weren't for an innocent interruption from Scout,

  2. The world of children reflects that of the adults - examine the presentation of ...

    Every Christmas, he stays with Uncle Jack and Aunt Alexandra at Finch's Landing. A year older than Scout, he "enjoyed everything [she] disapproved of and disliked [her] ingenious diversions". Francis lying to Jack and commenting on Atticus's affairs is not dissimilar to the way in which Cecil Jacobs teased Scout or Dill lied to Atticus about Jem loosing his pants.

  1. To what extent does Harper Lee's Symbolism contribute to the overall effectiveness of To ...

    This shows that the novel may be autobiographical in the way that they both become aware of the prejudice happening around them. Scout is also a person without any power or status in Maycomb. Her nickname is Scout. A scout is someone who goes ahead of an army to see

  2. Prejudice is one of the main themes in 'To Kill a Mocking Bird'. Write ...

    Boo Radley is an excellent example of prejudice in this novel, as it allows the reader to be drawn in by the fabrications of the children's minds. We know that he is most probably not like these descriptions, but a child's imagination can run away with them.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work