Share via Email Harper Lee in a courthouse while visiting her home town. Most people agreed that the book is more complicated than its critics may have suggested — and that Harper Lee is neither childish nor simplistic in her portrayal of good and bad. But within that broad consensus, there was a fascinating variety of opinion. It deals with the conclusion in detail:
Research for my novel Buffalo Soldier set in the USA during and after the Civil War involved reading slave testimonials and the autobiographies of — amongst others — the African American abolitionists Frederick Douglass and Harriet Tubman.
This time I saw Maycomb, Alabama from a completely different perspective. As a child, stories taught me that the bad guys always get caught and the good guys always have a happy ending. To Kill a Mockingbird was the first book I came across that showed me that guilt or innocence is immaterial if the system is stacked against you.
As a white teenager growing up in a white town it was my first encounter with the issue. But did it make me think enough? Perhaps nothing else would be plausible. Only once does she express an opinion — an event so startling that Scout remarks on it.
And the rest of the black community is depicted as a group of simple, respectful folk — passive and helpless and all touchingly grateful to Atticus Finch — the white saviour. We never see any of them angry or upset. Their distress is kept at safe distance from the reader.
A terrible injustice is done, but at the end the status quo is reassuringly restored. The final message is that most white people are nice when you get to know them. As readers, we can all sleep easy in our beds because the father figure is watching over us.
As readers we remain in a state of childlike innocence. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee — review Read more When I suggested to the group in Edinburgh that maybe, possibly, To Kill a Mockingbird might be considered a profoundly racist novel there was a collective sharp intake of breath and some very stony stares.
Of course, it helped that Go Set a Watchman had been published by then. The book Harper Lee had originally set out to write is a slap in the face not only for Scout but for white society as a whole.
Racism is not a thing of the past that was solved back in the s by Atticus Finch. Slavery has cast a very long shadow and we are all still living with the consequences.
Writing Buffalo Soldier has led to the most extraordinary conversations with people of all ages.Jun 21, · Share This Story! Let friends in your social network know what you are reading about. Tom Robinson in the film version of To Kill A Mockingbird.
Photograph: John D. Kisch/Separate Cinema Ar/Getty Images A white Brit writing from the point of view of an African American has a duty.
This is unfortunate, but it shouldn’t obscure the legacy of “To Kill a Mockingbird”. The novel remains a testament to the ways fiction can expose a society’s sins, alter consciousness, and. TKAM Essay 10/6/09 (Re-Write 10/24/09) To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee depicts racism in the ’s and shows the characters had to overcome challenges because of it.
The ’s was a difficult time to live in because of racism against African Americans and the depression, where thousands of people lost their jobs. To Kill a Mockingbird is narrated from the viewpoint of Scout, a young girl of about six years old who is the daughter of another central character, Atticus Finch.
Atticus is the voice of justice and rationalism speaking out in a town full of highly emotional and ignorantly prejudiced people. “Racism is a significant stressor in the lives of African American women, and our results contribute to a growing body of evidence indicating that experiences of racism can have adverse effects.