How is Romeo and Juliet similar to To Kill a Mockingbird in relation to theme, conflict, dynamic characters, etc.? 

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At first glance, I think most people would classify Romeo and Juliet as a love story, while To Kill a Mockingbird is a story about racial injustice. But closer examination shows that both stories have to do with forbidden desire and the effect realizing that desire has on their communities. In the case of Romeo and Juliet, their love is forbidden by the conflict between their families, the Montagues and Capulets. This love leads to bloodshed (the death of Mercutio) but also to a recognition that the feud between the families is not based on any real difference (Juliet’s famous “Wherefore art thou Romeo” speech poses the question of how her Romeo, the one she loves, can also be Romeo Montague, the enemy of her family).

In To Kill a Mockingbird, the forbidden relationship at the center of the story, the sexual abuse of Mayella Ewell by her father, Bob, is camoflaged by another social split, this time between whites and blacks. In the same way Juliet finds that Romeo is no different...

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