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  1. Discuss the theme of prejudice in 'To Kill a Mockingbird'

    There was a feeling of superiority over black people and this is explored in the novel. 1939 was the beginning of the Second World War. In the years leading up to it, it is interesting to see how Lee uses irony to portray the characters' feelings about Hitler and his prejudiced holocaust scheme even with racism still very accepted at home (America). There is one chapter that focuses on this issue in particular. (26) The '30s also saw the aftermath of the Wall Street Crash which left America and the world in the Great depression.

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  2. To Kill a Mocking Bird

    Eventually, Dill becomes fascinated with the spooky house on their street called the Radley Place. The house is owned by Mr. Nathan Radley, whose brother, Arthur also is known as BOO, has lived there for years without going outside. While in the peaceful community of Maycomb , racist white community. Atticus agrees to defend a black man named Tom Robinson who has been accused of raping a white woman. Atticus family had to face discrimination from the white racist community.

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  3. Why did Harper Lee choose to have a child narrator in, 'To Kill a Mockingbird?'

    Also by setting the book in the 1930s the message would not have seemed as direct for the readers of the 1960s and the book would not have been seen as inflammatory. The severe segregation that was present in the book was an aftermath of the American Civil war which took place from 1861-1865 which was a war between the Southern and the Northern States of America resulting in the abolition of slavery. However, In 1877, the white South effectively conceded national power to the Republican Party, but gained the right to rule their own states.

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  4. Discuss Harper Lee's presentation of prejudice and injustice in the trial episode. Pay particular attention to the way in which the author uses the characters and structure of the narrative to influence the reader.

    white jury full of every day people) we see how wrong it is and this is reflected in Atticus. The unwillingness of Jem to leave his fathers side when in considerable danger and Scout's perception of them being physically unalike, " but they were somehow alike. Mutual defiance made them alike." This is very important later on when wee see Atticus growing wearisome in court. Harper Lee has made us aware of the mutual affection between Atticus and Jem so therefore when Jem Experiences an emotion it is heightened in the reader. "Scout," breathed Jem. "Scout, look! Reverend, he's crippled!"

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  5. Consider the techniques used by Nichols and Taylor to convey their origins to the reader - How do they portray the gap between black and white.

    It is clear that Cassie truly admires her mother; Taylor has taken a prominent black trait (hair) and described it as a "halo", portraying her as a saintly and angelic figure. In my view this coincides with her profession in the novel, a teacher, a respected member of society, who is looked upon as a source of knowledge. When teaching history Mrs Logan illustrates through the viewpoint of a black person, in somewhat graphic detail. I see Mrs Logan portrayed as a figure of justice; Taylor expresses her as an honest and reliable person. When Mr Granger, (the local white landlord)

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  6. Techniques Alan Bennett Use's In 'a Lady of Letters'

    Since the death of her mother, Miss Ruddock is lonely and sees the pen her mother bought her as her "trusty Platignum" and it as "a real friend". Obsessed with letter writing, she is always finding something to complain about, often jumping to conclusions without the evidence to back it up. She is very argumentative and is very opinionated. The letter writing is her way of communicating with the outside world. With no visits from anyone and no one to talk to, Miss Ruddock feels that she is in contact with someone and depends heavily on the response she receives.

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  7. "Behind the Scenes at the museum" - Kate Atkinson Consider the effectiveness of the title. You may wish to consider the "behind the scenes" quality of the telling of the story and the notion of a "museum".

    To fully understand this book, you must first fully understand the title. The notion of a "museum" is interesting. Thinking about an actual museum, you can look at the exhibits, you can read the information on them, but you can never fully understand them. You haven't followed them through their existence, seen what's happened to them or felt what's happened to them. Ruby is taking the reader through a museum of her life. The reader looks upon things that happen throughout her life, and without realising, will pass through something as small as a teaspoon or a button and not realise that they are links in the chain that makes up the "museum".

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  8. How do the mother's talk-stories and Chinese folklores help Maxine Hong Kingston embark on a journey towards self-understanding?

    'But there is more to this silence, they want me to participate in her punishment. And I have.' Therefore she has to devote pages for her. Kingston cannot just keep silence anymore,' My aunt haunts me'. Not knowing the reason for her aunt pregnancy with other man, Kingston gives several interpretations herself. First, the aunt was a victim who was rapped and threatened. Second, as a willful woman who invited a lover. These interpretations make the reader see that Kingston has thought the story deeply. However, ironically, the aunt's family and villagers did not ask for explanation to punish her.

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  9. How Does Harper Lee Create Tension In Chapter XV Of "To Kill A Mocking Bird "?

    "The south side of the square was deserted. Giant monkey-puzzle bushes bristled on each corner..." Alliteration was clearly used during this sentence which also proves very effective when creating tension. For example: "He swept silently across the floor." As previously mentioned, the eerie darkness does change people's moods and in this chapter especially, proving successful when maintaining the suspense so in order to keep the reader glued to the page. This chapter is basically just about the transferring of black defendant Tom Robinson to the county jail to which nobody agrees is the right course of action to take.

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  10. Creating a Leaflet for the local Scout Group

    I will be targeting 13-14 year olds and will be using Microsoft publisher as I can add borders to make it look attractive or Word as this contains clipart and word art. Doing it on the computer is an advantage as it produces leaflets quickly and excellent quality. I will use colourful scheme to make it look interesting to young boys. I could use Microsoft word but Publisher specializes in DTP and has additional features or word as this is also a DTP package and has many extras, which I can download from the Internet eg.

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