Lies In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Acceptance, the feeling of being welcomed by individuals in a community, is something that human beings crave. Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird is all about the acceptance of various people. For example, Atticus, Jem, and Scout, the narrator, accept Calpurnia, a black maid, as the mother figure of the Finch family. Also, Scout accepts Boo Radley even though the majority of the community sees him as a monster and a psychopath. Lastly, Tom Robinson needs the people of Maycomb to accept him as a person and look past the color of his skin. Harper Lee created a story the acceptance of others no matter what their appearance is or how old they are or even what gender they are.
Aunt Alexandra may not be fond of Calpurnia, but she is accepted
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“That all Negroes lie, that all Negroes are basically immoral beings, that all Negro men are not to be trusted around our women... Which, gentlemen, we know is in itself a lie as black as Tom Robinson 's skin, a lie I do not have to point out to you. You know the truth, the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men cannot be trusted.. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men."-Atticus (Lee. pg 217). Atticus accepts Tom for a person and he knows Tom is innocent and telling the truth. The jury on the other which is predominantly white can not accept Tom based on the fact that he is black even though the evidence points to him being innocent.
The universal theme of acceptance is quite heavily emphasized in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Calpurnia is accepted by Atticus, Jem, and Scout as the mother figure of the household. The “insane” Boo Radley is accepted by the protagonist, Scout, after she sees life through his eyes. Lastly, Tom Robinson needs to be accepted by all the people of Maycomb, not just a few. Harper Lee has eloquently put several great examples of acceptance of everyone and it teaches you to do the same, accept everyone no matter the race, religion, or color of their
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