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To kill a mockingbird is an extremely powerful book highlighting the horrors of racial discrimination in the "Deep South" of the United States of America. Discuss

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To kill a mockingbird: Essay 1 R . Ismail To kill a mockingbird is an extremely powerful book highlighting the horrors of racial discrimination in the "Deep South" of the United States of America. It focuses on the racial issues concerning a staunch, typically "white" country town in the "Deep South." This essay however deals with the various trials and tribulations endured by a young girl during her schooling years. The story is told from the perspective of the young girl, Jean Louise Finch, affectionately known as Scout. Beginning with the first grade, we were introduced to Scout's first grade teacher Miss Caroline Fisher. Miss Caroline is clearly portrayed to be a city girl and thus none of the country folk can understand her ways. ...read more.

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This character sketch is shown to us by Walter Cunningham's refusal to accept money and the Cunningham family's inability to repay Atticus in cash but persevere nonetheless to repay him in what ever means they can. This shows that they are humble yet sincere folk and that their word is their bond. The Burris Ewell incident gives us even more insight into Maycomb country life. The people of Maycomb county, mostly the poor farmers, had a disregard for the importance of education. The Ewells attending only the first day of every school year and Walter Cunningham unable to pass the first grade because of helping his father with the crops are classic examples of the disregard, or more importantly, the underestimation of the importance of education by the Maycomb county parents. ...read more.

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The raids were clearly caused by Dill's wittiness and throughout the first chapters he is portrayed to be quite a clever young man. The first raid, for instance, took place only because Dill knew how to persuade Jem into performing daring stunts. He did this by placing a bet with Jem. The more Scout and Jem informed him about Boo Radley's horrors the more intrigued he became about luring Boo Radley out of the house and seeing what he would look like. This particular eccentricity would be the cause for much debate and discussion in Maycomb county in weeks to come. The book is certainly captivating. So far it weaves a tale that is so intriguing that all readers of English literature shall be lured immediately. I can only expect it to exceed my expectations in Part Two. ...read more.

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