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How is To Kill a Mockingbird political?What parts of the book are political?

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chrissycat | Student, Undergraduate | eNotes Newbie

Posted September 13, 2009 at 4:54 AM via web

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How is To Kill a Mockingbird political?

What parts of the book are political?

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cldbentley | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Associate Educator

Posted September 14, 2009 at 2:58 AM (Answer #1)

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To Kill a Mockingbird is political primarily due to its portrayal of racial prejudice in the South during the first half of the twentieth century.  Harper Lee utilizes powerful characters such as Calpurnia, the Finch family's cook/housekeeper, and Tom Robinson, a black man who is accused of rape to illustrate the unfairness of the treatment of black people.

During Tom Robinson's trial, he is represented by Atticus Finch, who does an excellent job of proving Robinson's innocence, or at least providing the jury with definite reasonable doubt as to his guilt.  However, the jury fails to acquit Robinson, choosing instead to find him guilty based on his race.

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