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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Analysis


To some level, the characters in both stories seem to be ruled by fixed concepts, bias and restricted social values and attitudes. Discuss and compare how each author handles this element. You may like to think about social context and worths, time, plot, style and language, as well as the characters themselves.

TKAMB and An Imaginative Lady are stories whose plot focuses on the idea of prejudices, social status and the mindsets of the period in which they are based.

Both texts handle these problems but in a little different methods, due to the fact that An Imaginative Female is a narrative, there isn’t adequate space to cover bias of all the characters in information but since TKAMB is an unique, over the story although perhaps not straight, the characters, personalities and perspectives are established up until you can form a relatively strong concept of what they thought in and what they resembled.

For instance, TKAMB is set in the 1920’s and 30’s at which time the prejudice of whites versus blacks was extremely apparent despite the fact that slavery had actually been eliminated years prior to the blacks we’re dealt with as 2nd class residents. This is a primary factor of the plot and as Scout (Jean Louise Finch) is growing up it began to become apparent to her at an early age when she, Jem and Calpurnia visited Calpurnia’s church ‘Lula stopped but she stated “You ain’t got no organisation bringin’ white chillun here– they got their own church, we got our’n”‘

Then later in the story of the trial of Tom Robinson Vs Mr. Ewell ‘”Lem me inform you somethin’ now, Billy” a 3rd stated, “You understand the court appointed him to safeguard this nigger. “‘, ‘”Yeah, however Atticus intends to protect him. That’s what I don’t like about it”‘ Also using the offending term nigger (deriving from Spanish word negro meaning black), which today is politically incorrect, is a sign of the prejudice and social split between blacks and whites at that time.

Atticus is an exception to this bias as are his children as Auntie Alexandra puts it:– “I indicate this town. They’re perfectly prepared to let him do what they are too afraid to do themselves.” In recommendation to Atticus protecting Tom Robinson, a black person. In An Imaginative Woman there isn’t such bias as between blacks and whites however viewing as it is embeded in the 1800’s there is a component of bias as between males and women:– “… She had never antecedently regarded this occupation of his as any objection to having him for an other half.

Undoubtedly, the need of getting life-leased at all cost, a cardinal virtue which all excellent mothers teach” This suggests, she does not see her hubbies job as a reason not to marrying him, after all she needs someone to generate some cash, the concept that ladies themselves can not do so since they are not permitted to work. This discusses why Ella Marchmill is at home the majority of the time and has the time to compose all the poetry. The reality that she had to pretend to be a male is also an indication of prejudice against ladies at that time as maybe since no one would think such poetry might originate from a woman’s hand.

In TKAMB Harper Lee deals with social rules and perfects and makes them extremely obvious and freely deals with them as it is the primary theme of the plot, in A Creative Woman Thomas Hardy does not honestly express the social concepts as prejudice, even believed this might be since they were freely and socially appropriate at the time and unlike TKAMB, A Creative Female is not set in a time of modification, such as black rights motions and female liberation movements where individuals became widely acquainted with, and accepted bias was occurring.

In TKAMB many individuals who are examples of various castes in society, Aunt Alexandra being among them “… Auntie Alexandra was among the last of her kind; she had a river boat, boarding school good manners; let any moral occurred and she would maintain it …” Auntie Alexandra is fixed into society by morals and individual standards that she considers to be very high and this makes herself seem to be upper class society, but she will still chatter She was and incurable gossip” and will still dabble in what would appear to be a lower class of society.

You likewise have examples of people who in contrast are of a lower caste of society for instance, the Cunninghams who appear to have no money due to the fact that they are farmers and when the economic crash took place in America it hit them the hardest “The Cunningham’s never ever took anything off of any person, they get along on what they have, they do not have much however they get along on it. “

When Jem tries to describe the caste system of Maycomb towards the end of the book the social attitudes of the time are really obvious “There’s 4 type of folk in the world. There’s the regular folks like us and the next-door neighbors, there’s the kind like the Cunninghams out in the woods, the kind like the Ewells down at the dump, and the Negroes” This puts richer white people above poor white people, above white garbage and finally above black people. In A Creative Lady the concept of social caste is perhaps not so apparent.

The main style of the text is the ideas of marital relationship, as it was in the 1800’s divorce was unimaginable otherwise Ella would have left her husband “She came to some vague conclusions, and since then had actually kept her heart alive by pitying her proprietor’s obtuseness and desire of improvement” Also affairs in marital relationship was not typical location and invalid children were prejudiced versus, it was an extensively developed thought that if a child was not born to a married couple they were rejects and need to be dealt with thusly.

At the end of the book Will Marchmill’s creativity leads him to believe that he and Ella’s youngest child was in fact the boy of Robert Trewe’s despite the fact that they never ever fulfilled, his final line and the last line in the book summarize the concepts of the time about illegitimate children “Escape, you bad little brat! You are absolutely nothing to me!” The idea that you are turned down from society despite class of household if you are invalid is possibly the main issue to do with social class in the text, connecting although not completely with the idea of class in TKAMB.

I have dealt with some ideas of bias and class, prejudice versus blacks and women, the social status of people in Maycomb and of the Marchmills and other families like them in the 1800’s. I have identified that the authors deal with it in various methods, Harper Lee is more direct and to the point with explaining bigotry and social rules whereas Thomas Hardy suggests it but does not honestly say that such things are wrong.

The reason for this could be due to the fact that TKAMB is composed from the first individual perspective and individual beliefs and reasons include a lot more in the story line, An Imaginative Lady is composed from the third person viewpoint and is as such an account instead of an individual experience, you are distanced from the plot and individual beliefs are left for you to choose. The stories vary again, TKAMB is an unique and therefore has more space to describe and reveal the concepts of the time, whereas A Creative Woman is a narrative and does not develop as much.

The language varies as TKAMB is set in 1920’s/ 30’s America and the “Deep Southern” American colloquial design of speech the text is maybe more quickly translated as it is not complex language, the terms utilized are more as much as date and comprehended today. A Creative Lady is written in early contemporary English and a few of the terms are very out-of-date and hard to comprehend without additional help from dictionaries or thesauruses this makes it harder to select points from it and to see the prejudice or social mindsets.

I have actually discussed about the social attitudes and how they govern individuals within the stories and I believe that this is extremely important to both stories plots, it assists shape individuals and offers you a good concept of what life resembled at the time, both stories end tragically in someway or another and I think this is an intentional relocation by both authors to suggest that bias and ism’s (sexism, bigotry etc) are in the end tragic.

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