The Two Sides of Fire in Harper Lee’s “To Kill a Mockingbird”


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The Two Sides of Fire in Harper Lee’s "To Kill a Mockingbird"
Harper Lee’s 1960 novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is a story about children growing up and learning about the ways of the world in the racist southern United States. The book centers upon the family of Scout, Jem, and Atticus Finch, and their relationships with the southern town around them. It is told from the point of view of Scout, the youngest member of the family, who is between 5 and 8 years of age when the novel is set. The novel uses several symbols and motifs through its tale in order to represent the larger themes of coming of age, life changes, racism, confronting the unknown, and innocence, the most well-known of which is the mockingbird mentioned in the title. Another...
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.....nother and bring others together. As such, fire is intensely powerful; it is a tool and a weapon. And it must be watched closely less it wreaks havoc on one’s life.
Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: HarperCollins Publishers, 1960/ 1999.
Martelle, Scott. “A Different Read on 'Mockingbird'; Long a classroom starting point for lessons about intolerance, the Harper Lee classic is being reexamined by some who find its perspective limited,” The Los Angeles Times, June 28, 2000. Retrieved via Proquest, 29 November 2009. <>