In my essay I will discuss how Harper Lee explores the theme of prejudice by looking at the writing techniques and how they affect people.
In my essay I will discuss how Harper Lee explores the theme of prejudice by looking at the writing techniques and how they affect people.To Kill a Mocking Bird is a novel that explores prejudice in a small American town in the Deep South. One of the main features that the novel explores is the theme of racial prejudice.
From this -the reader can tell that she has fully matured and has finally understood the importance of protecting those who are innocent.
She also discovers how the law can be bent at times when necessary.
Furthermore, Harper Lee constantly reminds the readers of the theme of mockingbird by her use of the extended metaphor.
After the demise of Tom Robinson, Mr Underwood goes on to describe the death as the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children This phrase portrays Tom Robinson as a vulnerable songbird which persuades the reader to think that the killing of Tom Robinson was sinful.
Mr Heck Tate realises that Boo is a mockingbird as he wants to protect him after Bob Ewells death.
Mr Tate understands the principal of mockingbirds and demonstrates this when he says, To my way of thinkin, Mr Finch, taking one man whos done you and this town a great service an draggin him with his shy ways into the limelight- to me thats a sin it shows that he is prepared to forget about the crime Boo had committed as he knows that Boo had good intentions and is innocent.
Also the noun slaughter makes the murdering of Tom sound more brutal whilst the adjective senseless emphasises the fact the killing was unnecessary and perhaps done through hatred.
Harper Lee uses description of characters to indicate who the mockingbirds of the novel are.
Arthur (Boo) Radley is described to have feathered hair which shows the reader that not only is he innocent but he resembles the features of a bird.
This only strengthens the themes of the mockingbird and innocence and how they coincide.