Everyone of us, has judged a person on their appearance or rumors before. How much of your lives are affected by these judgements, could they ruin a friendship or something more before it even starts. Jem and Scout learn the effects of judging people before you get to know them In to kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. One major theme of the book is don't judge a person on their skin color, reputation, or rumors. Actions speak louder than words in this book and some could even save lives.
Arthur “Boo” Radley was one of the people that were judged in this book without a reason. Scout, Jem ,and Dill all made “Boo” Radley out to be this homicidal ghost that never comes out of his house all based on rumor that they were told. They had never spoke let alone see Arthur in their lives and we're making assumptions about him. After Jem and Scout found the “gifts” in the tree they felt guilty for a while that they were taking someone's stuff. Then they realized someone was leaving it there for them. Later in the book they put it together, that Arthur left them …show more content…
It depicted his own fate when people judged him on his skin color. He was beyond innocent in the case but, convicted anyway, the jury didn’t care about the lack of evidence they were determined to send him to jail. Due to the time period people often discriminated against black not just judged them. If Tom Robinson was white there wouldn’t have been a case in the first place. Tom had a re-trailing coming up but he knew there was no way that a jury would say he was innocent, so Tom made his decision and tried to escape from jail and ended up getting shot. He knew that he would be judged and convicted no matter what anyone said or did. “Atticus say ‘I guess Tom Was tired of the white man's chances and prefers to take his own’” (Lee 315). Tom wanted to make one decision for himself that wasn't affected by people judging him by his skin color, in the end it cost him his
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Tom obviously was frustrated because of his unfair placement in jail, so he attempted to escape. Although he shouldn’t have been put in jail in the first place, he knew breaking out would break many rules and he could definitely get shot. Tom’s death gets a lot of attention from the town, at one point Atticus describes the event to Aunt Alexandra by saying “The guards called him to stop. They fired a few shots in the air, then to kill” (315). It can be perceived that Tom knew what he was doing when he escaped and knew he would get shot, but the event can also be described that he was genuinely trying to escape prison, but
Destruction of Character Through Pre-Judgment Judgment, often defined as an opinion or a conclusion, is a relevant term throughout Harper Lee’s writings (Merriam Webster). As seen in To Kill a Mockingbird and Go Set a Watchman the relevance of judgment is evident through discrimination of individuals skin color. At first glance, an average reader might perceive the novel as a story of an unconventional upbringing. Although this reader is not completely mistaken, a key point is lost. This point is the theme of pre-judgment and its destructiveness.
Tom Robinson is unfairly persecuted because his skin is darker than the skin of his neighbors. Robinson is not given a fair trial. Later in the book, an angry mob shows up at the jail, trying to kill him. These strangers acted without knowing if Robinson was guilty or not. Their prejudice, racism, and hate nearly leads them to murder.
Rumors. Actions. Looks. All of these are reasons why we judge one being, to think that only three factors decide how others view you. You don’t just see this type of judging in reality but in To Kill a MockingBird.
Throughout the whole trial there are multiple times when anyone who reads the novel knows that he is not getting a fair shake. The first time is when Atticus delivers his closing remarks and he says something that is very powerful and also very true about the case and Tom receiving an unfair trial, “To begin with, this case should never have come to trial. This case is as simple as black and white” (Lee 203). What Atticus explains is that no matter how plain it is to everyone that Tom is innocent and could not have commited the crime, it does not matter because one thing is certain, Tom is black. And the jury being white means he has no chance at winning, it’s truly sad, but during the time of the trial that 's just how society works.
Humans live in a world where moral values are very clearly set determining what is good and what is bad. We know what scares us and how racism should be treated. Nevertheless, this was not the case back in Alabama during the 1950s. In the famous novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee narrates the lives of the people of Maycomb, Alabama, focusing on the story of Scout and Jem Finch, and the case of a said to be rape. In this emotion filled narrative, readers learn how life was back then not only in general, but for the separate social statuses that there was.
In the story Boo Radley plays the role of Scout and Jem’s guardian angel. He watches over them and helps them when they get into trouble. In the first chapters, the kids make fun of Boo, they taunt him. All they know about him is what they have heard, that he is a crazy man. Throughout the story though, Boo proves them wrong.
Prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird Prejudice in the 1950s was a problem and it still is in 2017. When it comes to the topic of prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee conveys it is important that before judging someone, get to know them better. One example of prejudice Harper Lee uses in To Kill a Mockingbird is Tom Robinson. In the small town of Maycomb almost everyone assumes Tom is guilty of raping Mayella Ewell even though there is no evidence or reasoning.
Arthur Radley, also known to Jem, Scout, and Dill as “Boo,” is a mysterious character. He’s the Finch’s neighbor and he never comes out of the house, though there are numerous rumors about him. Arthur raises curiosity in Jem and Scout and they try to communicate with him to understand why he stays in the house all the time, but they’re not successful. One day on their way home from school, Jem and Scout found a ring case in a tree. They found two old Indian-head coins inside that have been polished and taken good care of.
However almost everyday Jem finds toys or random objects in the tree out front of the Radleys house. This gives Jem the idea that Boo isn 't some horrible monster after all. “Atticus believes Jem killed Ewell in self-defense, but Tate makes him realize that Boo Radley actually stabbed Ewell and saved both children 's lives.”(lee 28) This quote shows that the children had been put in a situation where the so-called “monster” Boo Radley saved their lives and they now could look at him not as some maniac but a hero and regular person who stays inside to protect himself from the stereotypes and cruelty of the world because of something people had said and that had been spread throughout the
In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is about a town full of racism, hatred, and stubbornness, with a case about a black man allegedly raping a white girl through the eyes of a little girl named Scout, with the adventures she has with her brother Jem and her friend Dill. It illiterates the existence of good and evil characters using symbolism, imagery, and situational irony. First, symbolism is an important part in this novel. In the novel ,Atticus states that it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird. You can relay this to the title and to Tom Robinson’s trial.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses characterization, symbolism, and irony to express the cloud in judgment prejudice causes when examining the morals of others. Scout is able to understand more about the town folk in Maycomb County through studying her teacher’s ironic and corrupted views of life around her. Lee uses Miss Gates, Scout’s teacher, to allow Scout a chance to understand the complexity of the adult world. While teaching the class about the Holocaust, Gates expresses the injustice being done to the Jews. She teaches the children that the town does not “believe in persecuting anybody” (Lee 329) because of the U.S. democratic government.
“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself” – Wayne Dyer Judging others is a natural human trait that everyone has. Everyone tries their hardest to not make assumptions about others but everyone does make assumptions about others. Sometimes despite their best efforts people will find themselves exploring feelings of negativity towards someone else or even making judgements about them. This relates to my prompt because you shouldn’t judge someone because you may misinterpret them for who they really are. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee’s use of racism proves that you shouldn’t judge someone because you may misinterpret them for who they really are.
In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Arthur aka Boo Radley is a mockingbird because he is a kind recluded person getting harassed by everyone because he’s different but he’s really just a nice person, shy and even protected Jem and Scout from their attacker showing his courage. To begin with, Boo is nice because he gave many things to Scout and Jem through the knothole till his brother Nathan clogged it up with cement because it was “dying” as Scout and Jem thought but really isn’t much proof. “We were walking past our tree. In its knot-hole rested a ball of gray twine”(59) after a bit of talking Jem convinced Scout not to take it yet and leave it waiting to see if someone like Walter Cunningham would take it back. “We went back home.
Boo Radley never harmed anyone, but was victimized by the social prejudice of the Maycomb community. Although not established until the end of the novel, Boo Radley is set up to be the last discovered symbolic character for the image of the mockingbird. Harper Lee has done this to illustrate all points of injustice in the 1930s societal town of Maycomb, where rumours and old tales define Boo's life story rather than his authentically generous heart and personality. During the concluding chapter of the novel, Scout comes to the realization that blaming Boo for Bob Ewell's death would be "sort of like shootin' a mockingbird." Boo does many kind-hearted things in the novel such as leaving gifts in the knot-hole for Scout and Jem, repairing Jem's pants, putting the blanket on Scout discretely in order to keep her warm, and even saving them from the evil Bob Ewell.