In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Scout is describing Jem's injury and “When it healed, and Jem’s fears of never being able to play football were assuaged, he was seldom self- conscious about his injury” (Lee 3). The quote describes how Jem still plays football despite being badly injured on his arm. This relates to the thesis because Jem’s determination and strong mental state is similar to how Maya Angelou was to create her pieces of literature. Through her trials in her life, Maya had to stay determined whether it was to find a job to provide for her son or to support her friends in the civil rights movements. Maya Angelou had to push her fears of her childhood and young adulthood into catalysts to create her books and poems that inspired people to learn from her life. Jem had to ignore the pain of his injury to continue playing the sport he loved. Maya Angelou had to ignore the pain of her past to keep helping others.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Jem is telling Scout how “You hafta know about cows, they’re a big part of life in Maycomb County” (Lee 24). This quote shows how in Maycomb County, there is not high expectations for the kids when they get older even if they attend school. Most of the kids expect to become farmers with cows. This relates to the thesis because nobody expects a lot out of the kids just like how nobody expected Maya Angelou to be successful after all that she has been through in her life. Maya had gone through a rough childhood and was raising a son at a very young age. At that time, people did not expect anything from a single African- American woman; however, she grew to be one of the most influential people of her generation. Scout wants to push to have higher goals than to study cows for the rest of her life. Scout believes that she has potential. Maya believed that she could write inspirational literature, and she did.