The importance of life through the eyes of a child is shown throughout each novel, in association with such commodities portrayed as symbols. This importance is demonstrated in the mockingbird motif in To Kill a Mockingbird, which highlights the innocent resolve of a child. "Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it is a sin to kill a mockingbird." The mockingbird in the novel has a far deeper meaning than Scout initially understands, but she
One of the kids Scout, learns a valuable lesson from his actions. A lesson to be learned from this novel is to do not judge anybody from their looks or social status. Social status was not mentioned much is this novel but, still do not do it. Do not think that just because somebody has different colored skin, that they are harmful or worthless. Do not treat them badly just because they have different colored skin.
It also initializes a theme about social inequality and social classes which tell the reader that their town is pretty bad when being the depression. It should make the reader feel somewhat empathetic towards the whole town but it does leave the reader a bit judgmental throughout the book to social classes and it gives the reader much more feelings later on in the book because this passage will stay through them through the whole of it. The way the "lower-classes" act are what the reader would expect for them to act like. It also gives answers to the reader's questions. For example, the "lower-class" kids in the book act quite a bit above their age by shouting out curse words the most at anybody, fighting, and even stealing.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, there is a clear but complicated social hierarchy; the Finches are on the top basically because they are learned and they tend to believe they are better than everybody else. Following below the Finches we have the Townsend citizens followed by the county farmers and finally trailing from behind the black community who despite having all it takes to be on the top have been marginalized at the end due to their skin color. This hierarchy enables Bob Ewell to come up with a case against Tom, who despite being innocent gets punished. This social hierarchy and rot builds up to a deadly and poisonous adult life that Scout and other children will be forces to live and live up to. Despite Scout’s tender age she understands that everyone deserves fair treatments no matter where they come from.
The concept of southern justice is illustrated here because even the faithful and lively black onlookers recognize and anticipate that the court will rule in favor of Bob Ewell, yet they watch in sorrow at the unfair cruelty of the horrible injustice. Only Jem, Scout and Dill fail to realize the reality of the somber situation. This is a showing of the twisted mindsets sketched into the children’s
"(Lee 259) Analysis: Boo Radley is a mysterious character to Jem and the rest of the community. Because of Boo's nature, nobody outside of the Radley household has seen or heard from Boo in years. Due to this, it is hard for people in the community (Jem included) and the reader to empathize and relate to him. However, Jem is able to work past
Since Atticus was teaching not only his children, but also his enemies empathy, people started to change for the better. After the trial, people started to see what Bob Ewell was truly capable of, and he lost the little bit of respect the town had for him. People started to empathize for Tom Robinson, realizing that he was actually innocent and that he didn’t deserve the punishment he received. For example, Tom Robinson pitied Mayella and it added to the reason of why he was convicted. Being a black man, it was wrong for him to pity someone “above” him, even if she was a squalid, poor white girl.
When the trial came to a close, Scout soon becomes clear of the fact that people can be harsh to others just because the way they appear, dress, and act. The jury’s verdict opened her eyes to see the world for what it truly is; a cruel and gutless environment that people inhabit. The experience Scout witnessed enable her to grow up and understand how unjust it was to see fit that an innocent man is sentenced to jail by false accusations. Scout is able to learn from what she had seen, and this can mature her to be more noticing of other people’s discrimination of individuals. To Kill A Mockingbird leaves a big impact on the reader’s characterization of Scout’s maturity.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee explores the dynamics of a loss of innocence through racism, unique perspectives, and exposure to an unjust society. Because of Calpurnia’s background, she is able to instill values of equity in the children. In Tom Robinson’s trial, Harper Lee illustrates how fear and racism are more powerful than reason and moral integrity. Because of Scout and Jem’s exposure to their immoral society, they come to dramatically different conclusions of good and evil. Through the numerous life lessons that constitute their maturing, the children are taught to recognize human nature.
He has his own beliefs on the rights of the African American community and teaches his kids the rights and the wrongs of the world. Atticus stands up against the community when he goes to the jailhouse by himself to protect Tom Robinson. “You can turn around and go home again, Walter” (Harper 202) This quote shows that everybody in the community stood against Atticus while he went to the courthouse to protect someone’s life regardless of their skin color. To Kill A MockingBird uses point of view and setting in different ways to help progress the theme of moral courage. Point of view is very important in the development of the theme of moral courage because we see Scout as an innocent child whose morality has not been tampered with but then we see that she is growing up and so are her ideas.
To Kill a Mocking Bird - Part of growing up is learning about society, but not necessarily accepting it. Throughout the plot of To Kill a Mocking Bird many lessons were taught to the main characters, Scout and Jem. At the time their Father was representing a black man in a rape trial. A lot of questions can be brought forth in this situation and time period. One of the major themes of this story is "Part of growing up is learning about society, but not necessarily accepting it."
As long as racism and cases such as the ones above still happening there will alway be a need for books that teach non racist views and help show young adults that everyone is equal. This book does a great job of showing the terrible actions taken against “niggers and nigger-lovers” from an innocent child’s view. This helps to breakdown the appalling treatment of the African American community to allow people to see the wrong in the actions very clearly. People often find themselves holding a prejudice against others without even realizing it. If we were able to use this book and erase some prejudices pushed onto kids by their parents and therefore creating a more accepting generation by allowing freshmint like us to see the wrongs in people like Mr. Ewell the importance of this book will be manifested.
Throughout the story Jem and Scout, with their friend Dill, try to get Boo out of the house. There is also another part of the story which is slightly more disturbing. Maycomb town was mostly white but there were people of color there. The people of color lived at the end of the town together in one place. Harper Lee’s piece, To Kill a Mockingbird uses metaphors, personification, and allusion to convey the overall theme that teaches to not
We live in a society today where judging others is a regular, everyday activity. Many people may blame a significant amount of this issue on the excessive amount of technology we have access too, but this problem has been around for much longer. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, it shows the ugliness that can come from judging others, but it also teaches two young children, Scout and Jem, to listen to others, so that you can have the opportunity to learn from them. Throughout the story many characters were able to demonstrate this lesson for the kids, but three that were true examples of it were Tom Robinson, Atticus Finch and Boo Radley. With only aiming to stand up for what they believe in and not worrying what everyone
Boo had never been exposed to any of the world for many years because of how his parents treated him in the past, so he didn’t see what was wrong with getting rid of a mean man. “Boo wasn’t crazy, he was high-strung at times. It was all right to shut him up, Mr. Radley conceded, but insisted that Boo not be charged with anything: he was not a criminal. The sheriff hadn’t the heart to put him in jail alongside Negroes, so Boo was locked in the courthouse basement.” (3) He had been locked away from civilization for a long period of time, and he had no understanding of the world around him due to the lack of exposure. Because of this, he did not understand why murder is a sin and should never be committed.