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by Harper Lee

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How does culture shape identity in Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird?

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According to Merriam-Webster dictionary, culture is defined as the beliefs, customs, arts, etc. of a particular society, group, place, or time. These factors play an important role in shaping the identity of individuals that is depicted throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. There are several scenes throughout the novel that depict young children using derogatory, racially charged comments. Cecil Jacobs announces to the schoolyard, "Scout Finch’s daddy defended niggers" (Lee 48). Francis Hancock tells Scout, "He’s nothin’ but a nigger-lover! " (Lee 52). Even Scout is subjected to Southern culture when she...

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