Life In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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In the early 1900’s, one’s ethnicity, financial status, education and popularity were many factors in determining one’s place in society. Along with the day to day life, those factors shown to have an effect on one’s say in many situations. In spite of this, Harper Lee enunciates the idea that with great courage, anyone (of any background) can stand for what they deem is right, even with foreseen inevitable consequences and obstacles. She displays this in her novel To Kill A Mockingbird. In consequence of Atticus defending the case of Tom Robinson, a black man, in a racist era, both of his children Scout and Jem get attacked by Bob Ewell. We also see Mrs. Dubose, who’s suffering from a morphine addiction, discontinue its use fully aware she…show more content…
Not only does Boo Radley put his innocence at risk but, he also seeks more attention towards him which is not what he wants hence being excluded from society after living a miserable childhood. Courage means fighting for what is right, no matter what the cost. We are introduced to Atticus, a prospect lawyer who is a father of two, and whose job and beliefs sometimes get in the way of his relationship with his family. For instance, during Aunt Alexandra’s visit to Atticus’s home, she emphasizes the thought of excluding Calpurnia the black maid from their house. “...You’ve got to do something about her,’’. ( Harper Lee 182). It is evident that Aunt Alexandra does not like Calpurnia because she is a black woman. Even when the children mention their arrival back from Calpurnia’s church at some point in time, she stops them from speaking of their trip (Lee 181). Atticus becomes austere and responds ‘’Alexandra, Calpurnia’s not…show more content…
Although Mrs.Dubose ends her addiction, the attitude she develops begins to agonize the people around her. Immediately upon after Scout introduces what kind of disgusting and mean behaviour Mrs.Dubose tends to have, she then mentions ‘’We could do nothing to please her. If I said simply as I could, ‘’Hey Mrs. Dubose,’’ I would receive for an answer ‘’Don’t you say hey to me, you ugly girl! You say good afternoon, Mrs. Dubose!’’ (Lee 133). In the process of giving up on painkillers, Mrs. Dubose also agrees to accept people’s perspective on the kind of woman she is. Above all, Mrs. Dubose earns respect from many people in Maycomb including Atticus, hence her battle with morphine. As the children ask Atticus why he admires Mrs.Dubose, he justifies ‘’I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.’’ (Lee 149). He continues to say ‘’She was the bravest person I ever knew.’’ (Lee 149). Atticus further explains that Mrs.Dubose is given every chance to take the easy route and avoid pain by using morphine, yet she is choosing to stay true to herself and die aware that she is making choices that make her happy. Thus, Mrs.Dubose puts aside the town’s opinion on her choices and dies
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