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It's still a sin to kill a mockingbird: A critical assessment of “To Kill A Mockingbird”


2009 2009

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Nearly fifty years after its publication, Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird and its protagonist Atticus Finch continue to receive recognition from literary critics, legal scholars, high school students, and college theatre departments. Living by the motto to "walk around in others' skins" before passing judgment on them, Atticus becomes his children's hero and his community's mentor. He is not, however, the traditional hero and mentor. Atticus is quite different from his male peers and thus represents a new definition of masculinity. Furthermore, as a parent who respects his children as if they were adults, Atticus encourages self-identity rather than gender conformity. As decent and honest as Atticus is, however, he is not without prejudices that disqualify him as a modern day racial hero. Nevertheless, Atticus Finch and To Kill a Mockingbird still rightfully deserve a spot in secondary curriculum as a novel that encourages students to respect humanity and love themselves.

Indexing (details)


Subject
American literature
Classification
0591: American literature
Identifier / keyword
Language, literature and linguistics; Lee, Harper
Title
It's still a sin to kill a mockingbird: A critical assessment of “To Kill A Mockingbird”
Author
Carvajal, Heather
Number of pages
77
Publication year
2009
Degree date
2009
School code
1281
Source
MAI 48/01M, Masters Abstracts International
Place of publication
Ann Arbor
Country of publication
United States
ISBN
9781109338768
Advisor
Seidel, Linda
University/institution
Truman State University
University location
United States -- Missouri
Degree
M.A.
Source type
Dissertations & Theses
Language
English
Document type
Dissertation/Thesis
Dissertation/thesis number
1470821
ProQuest document ID
305156829
Copyright
Database copyright ProQuest LLC; ProQuest does not claim copyright in the individual underlying works.
Document URL
http://search.proquest.com/docview/305156829
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