Which of the following despriptions do you agree with the most and why? Give examples from the text to support your answer.To Kill a Mockingbird had been descibed as both a "novel of strong...

Which of the following despriptions do you agree with the most and why? Give examples from the text to support your answer.

To Kill a Mockingbird had been descibed as both a "novel of strong contemporary national significance" and "pleasant, undemanding reading." With which description you you most agree and why? 

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To Kill a Mockingbird is a beautiful book, and I agree with the former description. The book is still important and is demanding reading.

I think that the book was more demanding when it was written, because it forced people to confront their feelings about race.  

 [The defense has made a case] confident that you gentlemen would go along with them on the assumption-the evil assumption-that all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women, an assumption one associates with minds of their caliber. (ch 20)

As the readers of that time considered Atticus’s words, they had to realize that it was wrong to think of anyone as a lesser human being because of the color of the person’s skin. 

We still face racism today, and prejudice of different forms.  This book makes us thing.

You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. (ch 3)

This is difficult for most of us, even today.  Empathy is part of being a good person.  Atticus teaches us to treat everyone with respect.

Although some people might argue that the story is simple and the language easy to understand, the concepts of the book are difficult.   I would make the argument that the book is important and not undemanding.

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