Coming Of Age In To Kill A Mockingbird

  • To Kill a Mockingbird Film Comparison

    Despite the efforts of governments, groups and individuals, humankind still finds it difficult to trust based on the soul of a person; we are more comfortable making judgements based on skin colour. Nelle Harper Lee through her 1960 novel, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ and Boaz Yakin through his 2000 film, ‘Remember the Titans,’ are text composers who tackle the ill-defined paradigms of ‘prejudice, courage and unity’ by painting a picture of the confronting face of racism. Prejudice, courage and unity are

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    that Tom Robinson will win his case. Furthermore, Tom’s skin is described as velvet. This paints a beautiful portrait of Tom and the reader’s sympathy is engaged as they realise that Tom is gentle and he isn’t going to hurt a woman. In that day and age, this is an unusual portrayal of black people as they were regarded as inferior and brutish. Scout describes Tom as ‘if he had been whole, he would have been a fine specimen of a man’. This, again, is an unusual description of Tom Robinson as white

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    “To Kill A Mockingbird” “ There is no greater heresy than to do the right thing for the wrong reason or moreover the wrong thing for the right reason” this quote by Victor Hugo runs parallel to Harper Lee’s gripping tale of right and wrong, good and evil. “To Kill A Mockingbird” is a intricate and symbolic masterpiece of the intertwining elements of positive and negative, and how when they occupy the same space no becomes hardly recognizable from the other In this story, a well to do family

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  • Coming of Age in to Kill a Mockingbird

    Coming of age comes with an inevitable end of childhood innocence, without which graduation into maturity cannot truly take place. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Jem, a ten-year-old boy, and Scout, a six-year-old girl, two children who live in the southern town Maycomb, Alabama, are shown in their adventures that help them mature. During the years of the Great Depression - the years when this novel is set - racism had been an attitude many southerners followed. Atticus, Jem and

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    To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a story of racial prejudice and social class set in a time when such narrow-mindedness was considered acceptable and apart of every day life in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. Narrated and based around Scout (Jean Louise) Finch and the many ordeals she and her brother (Jem) face in the years of their growing up; out of the childhood innocence they once possessed to realise the true evils of their community and shed false pretences surrounding the innocence

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    what happens in Maycomb, if you’re not white justice won’t be served. Jem’s quote represented his innocence as a child in the Maycomb community. He thought all the people in Maycomb were good and kind people until a key moment when the mob went to kill Tom at the courthouse, this soon brought to light what the reality is of the Maycomb people. Jem’s point of view on the community is now that they are no good and cruel to the blacks and treat them as if they had no rights, although Jem is still young

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    someone inside has a corrupt secret or being that would not go beyond his or her mind. When entering Maycomb, you only see the top layer of it all, but when it starts to unravel that is when you know whom your neighbors really are, crooked. In To Kill a Mockingbird, you will begin to see the crime and corruption, behind every whisper. Corruption is like a shadow, following you everywhere; all you have to do is peel off each layer to find the truth. Each person will be known as a fine citizen but in

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    To Kill A Mockingbird A summary of the novel by Harper Lee Doris Griffin Colorado Technical University Online June 23, 2012 Author Note This paper was prepared for LITR240-1202B-09, Phase 5 IP, taught by Professor Daniel Lambert. Abstract Harper Lee wrote only one novel in her life. To Kill A Mockingbird, in a research done by the Book-Of-The-Month Club in 1991 ranked second to the Bible. The novel still draws a million new readers each year. The novel contains two stores, the innocence

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    The sub-style is emotive prose. The biggest part of the text is the finest example of oratorical style. The extract is taken from the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”. The author of the novel is Harper Lee. She is an American writer. She was born in 1926 in the state of Alabama. In 1945-1949 she studied law at the University of Alabama. “To Kill a Mockingbird” is her first novel. It received almost unanimous critical acclaim and the Pulitzer Prize. In this book the author paints a true and lively picture

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    life.” (62). Ray seems as well to have been a product of the stereotypical behavior that was unfortunately the norm for too many fathers in the Southern fifties. It is not until the last act of this beautifully crafted gothic novel that Ray has a coming of age, when he finds himself on the precipice of good and evil. He finally realizes he is about to cross the line into the dark side, from which he will never be able to return. After an abusive and incredibly powerful confrontation with his young son

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    fate. Some of them may be objects, while some may be things that cannot be seen but are no less important. Early in the novel, the children find a mysterious shiny package in the knothole of a live oak tree (p. 34). What gifts are given in To Kill a Mockingbird? Why might they be important to the unfolding of the story? 4. The Radley place undergoes a change in the course of the novel. At the beginning, we are told, “Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom” (p. 8). By the end, Scout fearlessly

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    My Synopsis The story of To Kill a Mockingbird takes place during three years of the Great Depression in the fictional "tired old town" of Maycomb, Alabama. The narrator, six-year-old named Scout Finch, lives with her older brother Jem and their widowed father Atticus, a middle-aged lawyer. Jem and Scout become friends with a boy named Dill who visits Maycomb to stay with his aunt for the summer. The three children are afraid of their neighbor "Boo" Radley. The adults of Maycomb don’t

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    A mockingbird is a harmless bird that makes the world more pleasant. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the mockingbird symbolizes Boo Radley, Atticus Finch and Tom Robinson, who were peaceful people who never did any harm. To kill or harm them would be a sin. Scout's father, Atticus, tells Scout and Jem, “Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." Atticus is portraying that they are innocent and to harm them would be a sin. The mockingbird

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    In this essay I will introduce you to the two main characters in Harper Lee's book "To kill a mockingbird", comparing them in their attitudes and actions. Atticus Finch is a single father raising two children in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. Atticus works as a lawyer believing in equal justice for all Americans regardless of race or religion. Bob Ewell is also a single father raising eight children who also lives in Maycomb. Bob is unemployed collecting welfare who believes in racial segregation

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    Coming of Age Hemingway’s “The Indian Camp”, being a very short story manages to describe how a young boy comes of age in one night. Hemingway portrays the “coming of age” by having the young boy Nick witness two harsh realities- Life and Death. Nick’s father, Dr. Adams takes him on a trip across a lake to an Indian camp, where he helps deliver the baby of an Indian woman. Hemingway’s effective use of setting portrays Nick very naïve and dependent as he first crosses the lake. After the events

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    \To Kill a Mocking Bird To Kill a Mockingbird is pretty much about growing up during racial times in the 1930s in Alabama (Southern part of the United States). It covers three year where the main characters undergo many changes. Scout Finch lives with her brother Jem and their father Atticus in the fictitious town of Maycomb, Alabama. Maycomb is a small, everybody knows everybody kind of town, and every family has its own social status depending on which part of town they’re from, who their parents

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    To Kill A Mockingbird Essay “Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a harder battle.” Being compassionate is understanding someone and their needs, and being sensitive is more about yourself personally . Scout is a really smart girl who we learn is joyful and caring in the beginning, but as the book goes on, she sees the tough life of growing up in a racist community and the problems that come along with it. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout demonstrates sensitivity and

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    To Kill a Mockingbird 28/6/2011 In what ways does Harper Lee engage your sympathies for Tom Robinson during the trial? During the trial, Harper Lee makes the reader become sympathetic towards Tom Robinson due to many techniques, for example she paints a picture of him as being incapable of doing such a crime due to him being handicapped. Lee illustrates that Tom Robinson is not capable of committing a crime that could cost him his life when we first meet him. This is at

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    “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”(30) This is a lesson that Atticus Finch, from Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, emphasized to his children, teaching them to view the world from another’s perspective before judging them. Atticus displays this quality of human tolerance towards his neighbors although he could have strong reasons to dislike them. He also familiarizes his children with this

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    SUMMARY of the extract from the novel "To Kill the Mockingbird" by Harper Lee In the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" the scene is laid in a small American town in Alabama. The given extract depicts a trial of Tom Robinson, a coloured man, who is in the criminal dock on a capital charge of assaulting a white girl. His defending counsel Atticus Finch is an experienced lawyer and a progressive-minded man known for his humane views. His taking up the case was an act of courage in the American world of

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird Review

    Book Review One: To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird, was the daughter of a lawyer in the early 1900's. Her father served in the Alabama State Legislature and had defended two black men, a father and a son, at one point in his career. The two men were accused of killing a store owner, who was white. Later on into the case, they were found guilty and were hanged. This incident had apparently affected Harper Lee more than it may seem, for this is very similar to

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    To Kill a Mockingbird, by Nelle Haper Lee was published in 1960, after the 1954 Supreme Court case Brown v. Board of Education and during a time of increasing civil rights unrest (Johnson). It was also a time of great social change in the United States, and a novel about the racial injustices of 1930s Alabama carried a powerful message to its readers. After the Brown v. Board of Education ruling, literature and literacy were used to expose and educate on racial injustice (Prendergrast 2). The dominant

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    clear that the children like the game. Scout does not realize that the gifts may be a gift from Boo. So she goes along with the game. Though Scout is still a child, her innocence will still be with her, even if she is getting older. As To Kill a Mockingbird progresses, Scout shows her kindness. Scout presents her kindness during the Tom Robinson Trial. During the trial she recognizes that Dill has become ill during the testimony. She brings him outside for some fresh air so he feels better. When

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    To Kill a Mockingbird: Essay Explore the growth to maturity of Scout in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Maturation is one of the most important themes in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, and one of the characters to whom this theme applies the most is Scout Finch, the narrator. Starting out as a young, tomboy character who is naïve and immature, over the years in which the novel is set a change in her behaviour becomes prominent, as she acquires more grown up behaviours and beliefs

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    normally raised to leave the nest in the same amount of time it took them to hatch. Most pairs normally stay within the same area to breed, although some species are known to relocate if they fail. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mocking Bird it is said to be a sin to kill a mocking bird because they do nothing but make music for everyone to listen to. In the book the mocking bird symbolizes two peaceful men, Boo Bradley and Tom Robinson. People only hear the mocking bird through other birds’ songs

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    powerful or intelligent, but it involves making a change for the better and sticking to it as well as standing up for your right even if it is expected you fight against your own people. Atticus Finch, an honest lawyer in Harper Lee's novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" teaches the children that courage can be portrayed as both physical bravery and strength, but fighting for what is right regardless of whether you win or lose takes more strength in character, and is ultimately more courageous. This is revealed

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    The story under analysis is the excerpt from the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, that’s why it has not a special title. The title of the whole book is thought-provoking and idiomatic; it makes the reader wonder what a Mockingbird is and who is supposed to kill it. The subject matter of the story is racial discrimination, corruption of the court system in the American world of prejudice. This extract depicts a trial of Tom Robinson, a Negro, who is in the criminal dock on a capital charge

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    In the fictional town of Maycomb County, Alabama, that Harper Lee used for her novel “To Kill a Mocking Bird”, the church life was very similar to the rest of the communities throughout the south at that time. Alabama is in the middle of the so called Bible belt. Church is a routine to the folks of Maycomb County. Their parents and grandparents went to church every Sunday; therefore, their kids are expected to do the same thing. Although the citizens attend church on a weekly basis it doe not

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       In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus teaches his children many lessons  about life. Atticus teaches his children the importance of acceptance, how to avoid  stereotyping, and lastly how racism shows the people of Maycomb’s true colours. To  conclude Atticus makes it clear to his children that they should never judge a person  before getting to know them.     Firstly,stereotyping is the main thing in To Kill a Mockingbird.Scout and Jem learn  from their mistakes or they learn from the people themselves

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    In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird there were three unique families. The Ewells were poor and choose to live like animals. The Cunninghams were hardworking and only took what they could repay. The Finches were respected by all citizens in Maycomb and lived their life according to a definite code of values. This being said, the Ewells, Cunninghams and the Finches were three distinctly different families with differing code of values. Unquestionably, the Ewells were a filthy poor family that did

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  • Analysis of to Kill a Mockingbird

    But what happens when a white man stands up to defend a black man, in a society which is based on prejudices against blacks? And does moral even interfere? That is some of the question the author, Harper Lee, is answering in his novel "To kill a Mockingbird", published in the year of 1960. The story is about the siblings Scout and Jem Finch living in a small town called Maycomb. They have lost their mother but as a replacement they have their nanny, Calpurnia, to look after them. Their father

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    In this essay I will introduce you to the two main characters in Harper Lee's book "To kill a mockingbird", comparing them in their attitudes and actions. Atticus Finch is a single father raising two children in the small town of Maycomb, Alabama. Atticus works as a lawyer believing in equal justice for all Americans regardless of race or religion. Bob Ewell is also a single father raising eight children who also lives in Maycomb. Bob is unemployed collecting welfare who believes in racial segregation

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    362). Scout was always the most open hearted and excepting one out of her and Jem towards Boo. The comment “… neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it: We had given him nothing, and that made me sad.” is coming from the adult narrator Scout. The way she phrased it made it seem very grown up and meaningful, something the childhood Scout wouldn’t have done. The childhood Scout would have almost expected to see Boo again but that never happened. “We came to

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  • Coming of Age

    Jacqueline Albert Professor Shannon Buck LIT 100 18 January 2015 Coming of Age The two stories that I will be discussing are “Araby,” by James Joyce and “Boys and Girls,” by Alice Munro. Both stories illustrate for us in both positive and negative elements the idea of growing up, and coming of age. Both of these authors used a great amount of literary elements to give us the concept of coming of age. Araby is about an unnamed young boy that does not seem to pay any particular attention

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    Zach McKinnell Mrs. Ivey Honors English 9 2\8\15 To Kill A Mockingbird was one of the best books of the twentieth century. It has lots of good morals and shows how people learn lessons. In this book there are many instances where people follow Atticus’ advice. When he says you need to walk in someone’s shoes before you can judge their lives. Throughout the book people learn about this lesson more and more. One example is when Scout walks in Boo’s shoes. During the story Scout was on Boo’s

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    In the Pulitzer Prize winning novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, the novel commences by introducing the three main characters Charles Baker “Dill” Harris, Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, and Jeremy Atticus “Jem” Finch. These three children are the focus of the revolutionary piece, which is settled in the farmers city of Maycomb, Alabama in the early years of The Great Depression. Why does the author include the third character Dill, why didn’t Lee focus only on the two Finch siblings

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    her life. Tea Cake one day rescued Janie from a mad dog, but was bitten in his heroic effort. For a few months there was no effect, but when the rabies hit him, it was unbearable. It eventually got so incredibly bad that Tea Cake tried to kill Janie. His did this not out of hate for her but because of the mad dog within him. The was no way out for her. She desperately wished for things to be the way they used to be, but those wishes were not answered. She eventually shot and killed Tea Cake

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  • Antigone and to Kill a Mockingbird

    “ To kill a mockingbird” by Harper Lee and “Antigone” by Sophocles are both dramas having to do with justice, the main characters in both dramas are struggling to bring justice to a society or situation that was lacking. In Sophocles’ drama, Antigone was trying to bring justice by burying her brother Polyneices against the kings, Creon’s, orders. While in “To kill a mocking bird” Atticus is an attorney in a case where race is a major issue and he is trying to save Tom Robinson from being convicted

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  • “to Kill a Mockingbird” Analysis

    “To Kill a Mockingbird” Analysis Harper Lee published “To Kill a Mockingbird “ in 1960, a time buzzing with racial segregation and irrational injustice. She based the book on various events that were all to real, only fifty years ago. Throughout the book, the author captures these horrendous inequalities and is able to explore these subjects through various situations and characters. However, it is not always just the color of one’s skin as to the reason of why they are treated differently. Lee

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    Andrew Holloman ENG 1101 11/13/12 Compare and Contrast Essay Similarities between Harper Lee’s Childhood Life and Scout Finch’s Childhood Life The To Kill a Mockingbird novel written by Harper Lee is commonly considered one of the twentieth century's most widely read American novels. The vast majority of people that have read the novel are of the belief that the events contained within the novel are based on Harper Lee’s childhood experiences growing up in the South. However, absent of

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    Coming of Age “A & P” John Updike’s short story, A & P discusses a simple conflict resolved with a quick and definitive action. The story focuses on its main character; Sammy who has an epiphany when he realizes a line has been crossed while working his summer job. Updike’s story teaches us of a young and relatable man who will stand up for what he believes. The story starts of with Sammy describing three young girls that catch his eye as they walk into the store. “There was this chunky one

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    piece of fiction. One theme recurred throughout those 47 pages: living in the moment. Or, said another way, enjoying the moment. It’s what Rob Bell refers to as “being on the mountain.” If you don’t know who Rob Bell is, he’s a hip, cool, Gen-X, new-age Christian guy with whom you’d like to have a coffee and a conversation (irrespective of your religious leanings). I am not particularly religious, but I enjoy his perspective. Rob tells a story about Moses’ journey to the top of a mountain. I’ll omit

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    Coming of Age Stereotypes are given to people that last them a lifetime. Stereotype is defined as a widely held but fixed and oversimplified image or idea of a particular type of person or thing. The way someone acts, talks, dresses all contribute to how this person is stereotyped. Common stereotypes in high school are the jock, the popular girl, the troubled child and the nerd. There are many coming of age films that have characters that play these stereotypical roles. Films such as Stand

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    Analysis on “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee Jackie Berry Colorado Technical University LITR 240 Prof. Peggy Huey May 9, 2011 Abstract When an author writes novels, short stories, or poems, most of their ideas come from life experiences. The author is trying to send a message that may mirror what the reader can understand. Many writings address conflicts, themes and symbolism. Harper Lee (2006) introduced many of these elements into her novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Harper Lee gives

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    Alexandra, or it is motivating them to do the honorable thing like Atticus and Jem. A single fear can greatly impact not only one’s life but an entire community and this is seen through the weakness or bravery of many of the characters in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, demonstrating that our reputations are built on the way we handle our fears. To begin with, fears are meant to be overcome, but Harper Lee shows us a number of characters, like the jury and Alexandra, that succumbed to them

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    talk Heck Tate, the sheriff, out of calling the death an accident—Atticus’s standards are firm, and he does not want his son to have unfair protection from the law. 2. Analyze the trial scene and its relationship to the rest of the novel. To Kill a Mockingbird explores the questions of innocence and harsh experience, good and evil, from several different angles. Tom Robinson’s trial explores these ideas by examining the evil of racial prejudice, its ability to poison an otherwise admirable Southern

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    Analysis of “To kill a mockingbird” Saryuna Rinchino, gr. 02193 The story under analysis is an extract from a novel “To kill a mockingbird”. The book was written by Harper Lee in 1960. Harper Lee was born in 1926 in the state of Alabama. In 1945-1949 she studied law at the University of Alabama. “To kill a mockingbird” is her first novel and after being published it was highly acclaimed and even was awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1961, one of the most important awards in literature. The book became

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    novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee describes the ways a community’s stupidly can provoke Prejudice and bias can cause a person’s true immaturity to be released. Prejudice and bias are created by the lack of knowledge, fear itself, and the need to have something to blame all our problems on and staying calm and collected will overcome this dilemma. Ignorance and the lack of knowledge can block someone from seeing that what they are doing is wrong. At the beginning of To Kill a Mockingbird scout

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    JC Miranda & Shant Bekarian Mrs. Lambert English Honors II The book To kill a mockingbird is a microcosm of the Judicial Branch and the American law system. Microcosm has a multitude of definitions that vary from a little world to a greatly diminished size. The definition being examined in this essay is something that makes up another entity of a larger size. Juror Eleven makes a connection between these two by stating his love for this country due to the differences between

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  • Coming of Age

    Coming of age is a young person’s transition from childhood to adulthood. Throughout the novel we are able to see the many life changing events that bring Esther’s character through this realization period in her life. Esther is faced with many moments where she has to stop and choose option A or option B whatever option she decides to pick her result will either help her or make matters worse. This is where we are able to see how Esther’s character develops throughout the novel. Whether it be drinking

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