Human Nature In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The novel To Kill a Mockingbird is so titled because there are several characters in the story which could be consisted mockingbirds. Tom Robinson and Boo Radley do not cause any harm, they go about their business without interfering in the lives of others, and however both of them are in turn harmed by the citizens of Maycomb. Harper Lee’s novel examines the dark side of human nature and explores the ramifications of prejudice, racism and bigotry in a time when people were openly hostile to anyone they considered different and inferior. Lee tells her story to highlight the injustices of the South during a time of inequality, discrimination, where the innocent are unfairly punished.
Tom Robinson a character in the novel is accused of something
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Lee has many intentions and beliefs for her writing the novel, she highlighted equality, civil rights, racisms, prejudice and bigotry. This ties in with the title of the novel because there are two characters that are portrayed as mockingbirds Boo Radley and Tom Robinson. Mockingbirds in the novel are proven to be a sin to kill, as quoted on page 98 “mockingbirds don’t do one things but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up peoples gardens, don’t nest in the cribs, don’t do one thing just sing their hearts for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” This description in the novel is based on everyone deserving equal rights no matter their skin colour, and everyone should be innocent until proven guilty. Therefore the novel is being effectively recounted through the eyes of scout ‘Jean Louise Finch’ a six year old who is innocent and sees things from a different perspective then all adult characters. The text is broken into two parts, part one introduces Maycomb, the characters and the set theme and time, whereas part two is based on the trial of Tom Robison and Mayella Ewell. The novel lets the audience know how Jem broke his arm at the beginning as well as the ending (page 3) “When he was nearly thirteen my brother Jem got his arm badly broken at the elbow.” Lee’s novel is based on educating, informing and entertaining an audience on racism, prejudice, bigotry, and the innocence that is portrayed
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