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"To kill a mockingbird" - Choose three moments in the novel where different characters are challenged by situation.

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Mark Cranshaw 11P English coursework - "To kill a mockingbird" "Choose three moments in the novel where different characters are challenged by situation" When asked to choose three moments in the novel where different characters are challenged by situations I was truly spoilt for choice. "To kill a Mocking bird" is set in the 1920's when the United States of America was in a state of depression. "To kill a mockingbird" is written in modern American style language and is narrated by a child. However it is not restricted to limits of a child's vocabulary or its powers of expression. To a reader of the modern day society the theme of the book is built on racism and discrimination. However during the era the book was set these actions and thoughts were legitimate and accepted. In particular the black race is heavily discriminated against throughout this novel, but this is an accurate interpretation of what life for a black family would have been like living in the "golden 1920's". As racism plays a large part in this novel I decided to take this into consideration when choosing my challenging moments. The first episode which I intend to discuss is the situation where Atticus accepts the challenge to take on and defend Tom Robinson in court, against his rape allegation charge. First of all; this was the first situation which came into my head. ...read more.


He stands by her to the end and helps her whenever he can. Despite all of this criticism Atticus still chooses to defend to and sees it as his vocation and calling to defend Tom and give the black race some pride and hope. All of these insulting incidents build up to the final scene where Atticus' children's lives are put in jeopardy. Again Atticus is a clever man but I don't think that he even thought that people's views on racism would jeopardise his children's lives. The book has been cleverly devised - everything runs into the next part of the novel. This is a perfect example of this. This moment is of high importance in the novel because it primarily the main scene in the novel but also it reflects racism (the theme of the book) and what the effects of racism can be. The second challenging moment that I intend to discuss is of a similar case as the first but this time Scouts reactions to Atticus' court challenge. Atticus knows that his case will affect the whole of his family so he chooses not to talk about it with his children. I chose this episode because it is similar to the first and there fore it provides a basis to comparison. Throughout the two years that the book is set the reader learns a lot about Scout. ...read more.


suppose you and Scout talked coloured-folks' talk at home - it'd be out of place, wouldn't it? Now what if I talked white-folks' talk at church, and with my neighbours? They'd think I was puttin' on airs to beat Moses." This shows how well Cal gets on with the children. She is a mother figure to them and can talk to them about most things including racial issues. She seems easy to understand and makes things easier for the children to understand by relating to things which they understand. Calpurnia is asked by Lula (another black member at her church): "I wants to know why you bringin' white chillun to nigger church" "You ain't got no business bringin' white chillun here - they got their church, we got our'n. It is our church ain't it, Miss Cal?" Lula really puts Cal "on the spot" when she says this. Cal replies with: "It's the same God ain't it?" This shows the black and white prejudices. Despite Lula's actions Jem and Scout are treated with utmost respect. These incidences are especially testing for Cal because both times she is put "on the spot", this makes them more challenging. We learn about Cal by the way that she reacts to these. Again these situations also reflect racism but this time on the front of effects of racism. Overall "To kill a mockingbird" has been cleverly devised by Harper Lee it has lots of challenging moments which I could have chosen. The book is fairly slow, quite long but very detailed and precise. It is thrilling to read! English Coursework 1 Mark Cranshaw ...read more.

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