Scout and Jem are continually made fun of by their peers who call them and Atticus “nigger lovers”. People who were friends now hate them(new subproof), their friends from school now make fun of them because Scout and Jem’s Father is siding with a black man on the case. Some say it was good for Scout and Jem to learn to stand up for their morals at a young age(antithesis), but it was not healthy for Scout and Jem to experience such social loss. They are impressionable children who definitely could have sided with their peers on the issue of segregation. It was Atticus’s reasoning, Calpurnia’s kindness, and the black community’s love that allowed the children to stand with them.
Another mockingbird in the story is Boo Radley. The children at first see him as this scary monster, but after showing them kindness the kids see him as kind hearted, and gentle. Much like a mockingbird; from that they learned just like a book, you can’t judge someone by what you hear, or see. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee gives readers a chance to see how racism in the deep south turned into injustice and leads to the killing of innocent minorities. By a young age many were taught that killing was very bad, and that the killing of the innocent is worst, but other than that this lesson can not be taught.
Maycomb is an injustice town because as every time the Jury said “guilty” it negatively affected Jem like he was being stab inside which illustrates how he was very confident in knowing that Tom will be acquitted & be found innocent but, after the verdict it had made realizes & lose hope on the members of his community. As the trial progresses Jem becomes tired and views his members of community with contempt. Jem is emotionally scarred after Tom Robinson is wrongly convicted. Jem firmly believes that there are differences between individuals, social classes and races. Which made Jem acknowledge what he thought Maycomb was, a safe place to live with people who care for each other and has loss faith on the neighbors and the people he knew due to large amount of prejudice
The children frequently question their father about the Radleys, especially Boo, the mysterious recluse from three doors down. When questioned, Atticus rarely tells Scout and Jem anything more than to stop tormenting Boo Radley, and not to be nosey. This happens at a point in the plot
This next quote shows that society made Roger scared of throwing rocks because of the punishments that come along with doing wrong things. “Roger’s arm was conditioned by a civilization that knew nothing of him and was in ruins” (Golding 91). Roger’s arm just expects punishment and does not think that there will not be consequences. The only thing holding back the evil within the child is the old civilization and since that is gone, the realization that punishment does not exist will follow closely behind. In conclusion, children may seem naive which they are, naturally they would do things much differently if they were exposed to things instead of being sheltered from
Atticus is even getting criticized by children. Atticus is shown as a symbol in this part because he is trying to use his morals to make everyone feel happy and equal, but is hated on by people. Mockingbirds don’t mind people and try to make everyone happy, yet they are still killed by people. Both Atticus and mockingbirds are hated on by a certain set of people. Another example of Atticus being a mockingbird, but being loved by people, is when Reverend Skyes, a black man, says to Scout and Jem, “‘This church has no better friend than your daddy,’”(163).
The second example is Boo Radley, an African American man who lives near the Finch house. Most of the children in Maycomb County (those that pass by the Radley house) are afraid of Boo because of the stories they have heard and so they tend to avoid the Radley house. In truth, Boo is a gentle person; Boo was essentially being harmed by people who were afraid of him. Boo’s innocence was harmed because people assumed the worst of him without knowing him. This is obvious through Scout’s thoughts after she discovers who Boo truly is; she eventually believes that hurting Boo would be like “shootin’ a
(Lee 320). Scout also likely felt sad because she criticized and mocked him before she really got to know him. Jem and Scout discovered Boo was misunderstood, as he was gentle, shy, kind, and courageous. Boo was their good friend. “Most people are [nice], Scout, when you finally see them.” (Lee 323).
Atticus is judged by a few in the community, but he is a great father. In To Kill a Mocking Bird, Atticus Finch is criticized by many people in the community about how he raises his children. Two characters in the novel that portray this action are Aunt Alexandra and Uncle Jack. Aunt Alexandra does not accept the way he raises Scout and how he lets her go around dressed like a boy. Uncle Jack just disagrees with Atticus' whole view on disciplining his kids.
Some children feel oversensitive to death, as they killing of a fly might make them cry. Other children however, do not understand the seriousness with which death should be handled. As people grow and experience more loss, they better understand the seriousness with which it should be handled, as well as understanding that it is a part of life. At the beginning of the story, Huck glosses over death as if it’s nothing. He even willing states that he would kill his loved ones.