Saturday, October 3, 2015

Hegemonic theme of To Kill a Mockingbird

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‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ (by Harper Lee) has been tormenting the readers’ conscience for the past fifty years, drawing them into a world of racial bigotry and questioning our social and cultural values.

Narrated from the point of view of a girl-child, the novel explores the hegemonic white-black relationship in America, how a black is wrongly accused of molesting a white woman, and how a white lawyer fights for the accused and how the jury, despite its contrary personal beliefs, declares the accused guilty of felony.

Their action, quite in congruity to the existing American society’s bigoted mindset, confirms how racism is a hegemonic social state (it works in the human mind’s psyche).

Ritesh Agarwal


  1. I read this book for the first time when i was in class 10. Since then i have read it various times and each time i have reached a greater empathy.

    Have you read the sequel that has come out recently?

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  3. Hi Sujata. No, I haven't read the sequel yet. I am not sure if I would like to read it

  4. Touched by its effective usage of high level thinking

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