To Kill A Mockingbird And what may have inspired it

It is often said that wise people learn from the mistakes of others, and that learning about historic tragedies can help us avoid repeating them. Well, if it is wise to learn from the mistakes of other people, isn’t it even more wise to learn from the mistakes of characters from beloved stories? The book To Kill A Mockingbird, a 1960’s classic written by harper lee, follows young Scout Finch in her journey to understand racial and social issues during the great depression in the deep south. There was a real-world event that may have, in part, inspired this book. Most people would assume that would be the scottsboro trials, but there are other events, both historical and recent, that strongly relate to the topic of the book. The historical event that relates to the book was the vicious beating and murder of Emmett Till. They relate because they both are instances of blacks in the south being mistreated and killed. The current event that relates to the book that is often overlooked is the murder of young Emmett Till

The murder of emmett till took place in the year 1955, and was a horrific event that impacted the course of american history. He was a fourteen-year-old black boy who was visiting his uncle in the south when a silly dare from his friends went horribly wrong. He had some sort of interaction with the white shopkeeper, and Caused her great offense. sources vary on what exactly happened in the shop. Some say that he flirted with or whistled at her, where others say he touched her hand. This sort of disagreement also occurs in the book To Kill A Mockingbird.

In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, there is a trial that puts a young white woman and her father's word against that of a black man, who is named Tom Robinson. There is an extreme difference in the stories they each tell in court, and despite the lack of evidence that the white father and daughter pair bring forward, Tom Robinson loses the case. The trial is a battle of who is more trustworthy, and in the south, during the great depression, that would never be a black man.

Both the book and the trial of the murder of the boy Emmett Till had discrepancies in what each side said. for the book, it was the entire story that was told. one side insisted on their horrendous story of rape, where the other side said that there was only innocence, and either a game for Emmett Till, or a helping hand from Tom Robinson.

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