To Kill a Mockingbird: Multicultural Literature Comprehension

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To Kill A Mockingbird is a novel filled with themes relating to race, class, and gender.

  It is interesting, also, that this book highlights the racism rampant in the deep south in America in the early 20th century and displays a culture that is so different from stories of life in the north.  This book almost makes it seem like the north and south are two different countries.  What is also different is that the main character is being raised by her father and she behaves more like a boy than a girl.  This makes this novel an excellent choice for the class, as the topics of law and race intersect with gender and class.  Since the father is a lawyer, the text is filled with the ideas of what justice and suffering was like at those times  All of the things talked about in this book are much different from the way my life is and also from the life of everyone else that I know.  This makes me appreciate what I have and it also makes me more interested in the lives of others.

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  I think that this interest in others is what has made me a better person and this class has allowed this interest to grow.To Kill a Mockingbird is not only a great novel, but a great film, as well.  Both reading the book and watching the movie made me appreciate others, especially after the scene when the older woman was dying and wanted to stop taking her morphine to die without drugs.  Even though Scout did not like the woman, she helped her to die with dignity and lucidity.  It made me think that I should not judge older people in such a bad way, as they may be sick and all they may want is their dignity.  Just as people, who are handicapped or a minority want dignity, we all as people want the same thing.

  This is a good reason too that this novel was chosen, it illustrates to the readers that we all may be different in our culture, our age, our gender, and in many things, but we all want respect and dignity.Another reason that the book was a good choice and changed me for the better was that it was told from a young person’s perspective and Scout was very forthcoming about the things she saw and felt.  This honesty displayed from her is useful, as I believe when we become older, we are less likely to admit what we feel and our thoughts become more collected and less objective.

  Since I am still young, this is a good reminder to honestly feel and express what I am experiencing and not let anything or anyone cause me to doubt my thoughts or feelings.  If we had read another multicultural text written from the standpoint of an older person, we may have not as a class, been so open to what was in the narrative and although the story was written some time ago, the youthfulness is timeless.I believe that not only this well chosen book has made me a more understanding person, but also the way that multiculturalism was presented helped, also.  Issues relating to race and other topics are difficult to discuss initially, but once one becomes comfortable with talking about these topics, it helps one to really think more deeply about other cultures.  I feel that once I could relate topics in the class to myself and those around me in a way I could talk about that this made me a more understanding person.  I not only understand others, but myself as well.

  I also think, like I stated in the previous paragraph, that it is good that I was introduced to this topic at a younger age.  As people move closer to adulthood, it becomes harder to change one’s opinion.  Since I was so open-minded and was exposed to many interesting topics in the class, I was able to become a more understanding person and I am very grateful for this.ReferencesLee, Harper.  (1960).

  To Kill a Mockingbird.  Philadelphia, PA: J. B. Lippincott & Co.


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