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by Harper Lee

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What is Harper Lee trying to achieve in part 1 of To Kill a Mockingbird?

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 Lee is establishing the unconventional relationships between the Finch family.  Atticus Finch, father of Jem and Scout, is a sympathetic & sensitive lawyer who has raised his children to see, in the words of Martin Luther King, Jr. "not the color of one's skin, but the content of one's character."

Growing up in Maycomb, Georgia in the 1930s, this was not an easy thing for Atticus to teach.  The South was still very segragated.  Atticus' political leanings were...

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