Innocent Black Man Whose Only Crime
To sum up, historical fiction is the kind of fiction that truthfully reflects a certain epoch of history as well as its aspects. It is featured by a traditional fiction confined by historically factual events, or subgenres of fictional biographies, children’s historical fiction, historical fantasy, multi-period epics, and historical romantic fiction. The setting in historical literature is significant as it centers the context of the text itself. To a large extent, it has to be accurate in both time and place and to be built upon real history to convey the precise message. Themes of historical literature frequently revolve around issues of society and politics on top of universal notions. Literary historical themes also demonstrate in what manner were such ideas met and the evolution of concepts through time.
Authors of historical fiction sketch their characters based on either real or could-have-fit-reality characters. Characters are typically depicted as dynamic and developing. The plot is often featured by ordinary historic event or fictional event; however, writers weave their own plotline to be in line with the event they mention. in historical fiction, there are various techniques, such as foreshadowing and symbolism, that are employed to grab the attention of the reader and delve them deep into the historical literature.
To Kill a Mockingbird is evidently a piece of historical fiction in that it carries themes of racial issues, equality, class distinction, truth, stereotyping, moral judgments, innocence, and prejudice that exemplify the real concepts that were prevalent in the American mass opinion back in the 20th century. Through the illustration of the trial of Tom Robinson, Lee adroitly presents the biased justice system and the prejudiced societal outlook toward people of color. The author attempts to prove that truth is not limited to certain race or color by conveying her ideas through a well-plotted anecdote and that class distinction is rationally refused as portrayed by Scout that there is one type of folks and that it happens to be folks.
Through that character of Atticus, Lee sheds the light on moralities and ethics as independent and not relying upon the ethnic identity of the bearer or the breaker of such morals. Atticus courageously stands in defense for a Black man in order to break free the oppressive stereotyping of the society.
The innocence of the children and Tom Robinson has led to suffering and anguish. As young children, Scout and Jem are not aware of the cruel prejudiced society; thus, after witnessing the trial of an innocent Black man whose only crime is innocently helping a White woman and the harsh comments thrown to their doorstep, they gradually lose their innate innocence and their innocent beliefs are slammed in the face.
The usage of techniques is highly affective in historical writing. Flashback is significant as the whole novel may be a long flashback because it begins with the character Scout as an adult recalling the incidents of her childhood. Through this flashback, the author uses the first-person narrative to involve the reader in the mental and emotional processes of the narrator as it depicts the progress of events. The begging of the book as it shows the beginning of the flashback also generates suspicion and mystery as the audience are keen on exploring the actions that led to this point of events.
The title of the novel itself elucidates the importance of the symbolism used. Throughout the book, Lee allegorizes the innocent characters by the symbol of the mockingbird. On the surface, the mockingbird may be a representation of Tom Robinson; however, on a deeper scrutiny, Boo Radley and the children may be mockingbirds too. Additionally, the mad dog may be a symbol of the monstrous ideas and beliefs that are rampant in the morally afflicted societies and its demise by Atticus may denote to the efforts Atticus exerts in purging racism and other problems in his society. The imagery of the flowers is employed to reflect certain characters, such as that of Ms. Maudie and Mrs. Dubose. Allusions are used lavishly as there are references to other pieces of literature, historical events and figures, and cultural matters.