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

Write an essay on Harper Lee’s presentation of family life in “To Kill a Mockingbird”.

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Write an essay on Harper Lee's presentation of family life in "To Kill a Mockingbird". Refer to part one of the novel-By Robbie Hunter. During part one of the novel Harper Lee shows a lot of examples of family life: good and bad, the results of parental failure are exposed to the readers judgement by the author. The main family involved in the novel are the Finch family. Atticus is the father, he has two children: Jem ,the eldest son and the narrator known to the reader as Scout. They have a cook called Calpurnia who I am going to recognise as part of the family. Harper Lee feels that this family are a good example of a family unit. They are a close family who have their high standards set by the model figure in the family, Atticus. Throughout our lives we're influenced by many. It can have an effect on the way we view issues within societal boundaries. One of the major influences children have in their lives comes from their parents. The parents of a child can have both a positive and a negative influence on their lives. There are two excellent examples of how parents can be a major influence on their children. ...read more.

Middle

At first Scout fights with her fists because she does not know how to fight any other way. Then she sees adult injustice applied to her by Uncle Jack, some one whom she loves. Scout Vs. Jem Again we see a contrast in the attitude of the two children. The younger Scout still cannot understand why things should or should not be done. For example, she cannot understand why Atticus never told his children about his ability to shoot. On the other hand, Jem, the older child, is beginning to have a sense of values. He realizes that being a man, and more importantly, a gentleman, is not just in acting and talking. The Ewell family are the worst example of a family unit in the book. Bob Ewell, father of Mayella Ewell, plays the drunken, abusive, and neglectful father. He is an example of how a parent can be a negative influence on their children's lives. Bob Ewell does not provide his children with any kind of stability, but rather provides only for himself and his drinking habits. Their household is described as being a dump. Nobody really knew how many Ewell children there were, "Some people said six, others said nine; there were always several dirty-faced ones at the windows when anyone passed by." ...read more.

Conclusion

Possibly he might feel a little injustice in what has happened to his brother. I think that Harper Lee is making members of the Radley family a little too much like machines. Norman Radley would have to spend most of his days being occupied with looking after Boo. But more importantly keeping other people away from where he is and dismissing rumor around the place. This occupation is shown by times like when he cements up the hole in the tree that the Finch children are using to communicate with Boo. The Cunninghams are a mixture of both a good example of a family unit. Their honesty is very highly complimented by Lee. The fact that the children are probably a bit unprotected and not living the average lives of normal kids like the finches rubs off badly on them but they make the most of what they have, their land, and never take advantage of others. I think that Harper Lee believes that a childs parents are the main thing that models a child in to a fully formed adult. She has her own views on what good people and bad people are yet accepts that nobody is the 'perfect10'. I think that her views are cast in to the readers minds through Atticus and he has the closest mind to hers. By Robbie (Booey) Hunter ( 1283 words) ...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. Peer reviewed

    Examine the different kinds of prejudice and injustice which you have found in 'To ...

    4 star(s)

    As she is the narrator, we see the account through her eyes. This is particularly beneficial to us as the plot is simple and unadorned. Nevertheless, there are also advantages of the book being written while Lee was an adult and could look back on her adolescence with more awareness and insight into the situations.

  2. What important lessons do the children learn in Part I of 'To Kill a ...

    This is because she has been brought up in a different way to him but Scout does not realise this. Calpurnia says, "There's some folks who don't eat like us...but you ain't called on to contradict 'em at the table when they don't."

  1. How effectively does Harper Lee convey her ideas about prejudice in her novel To ...

    An example is in Chapter 12, when Calpurnia takes Jem and Scout to church and Calpurnia says there'll be no point in getting hymn books because 'They can't read'. Black people were denied jobs and offered low paid jobs in the fields or as a cook.

  2. To Kill A Mockingbird Full Summary

    As Atticus explains, the town authorities bend the law for the Ewells because they'll never change their ways - for instance, Mr. Ewell can hunt out of season because everyone knows he spends his relief checks on whiskey and his children won't eat if he doesn't hunt.

  1. Victims of Injustice.

    She says, "That nigger yonder took advantage of me..."(Lee 188). The trial is a big joke since it was basically Tom's word against Mayella's word. One piece of evidence against Mayella is that she was hurt on the right side of her face, and only a person who punches with the left hand can do this.

  2. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a novel that teaches the audience ...

    Maycomb: "The thing about it is, our kind of folks don't like the Cunninghams, the Cunninghams don't like the Ewells, and the Ewells hate and despise the coloured folks." In this quote we see how the people of Maycomb are seen in regards to their social status.

  1. In the Style of Harper Lee, write a section of 'To Kill A Mockingbird'

    'You bet'ya. Just last week my daddy sent me down to watch 'Frankenstein'. No other youngins 'cept me. Not many folks got the gut to watch scary shows', responded Dill with a sense of egotistical pleasure. 'More like you ran out cryin'!'

  2. English essay on 'To Kill a Mockingbird'.

    This I think is a good lesson to anyone and a valuable one at that. Later Aunt Alexandra comes to stay, not long had she arrived she was trying to sack Calpurnia. But Atticus puts her straight; "Calpurnia is not leaving his house until she wants to.

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