Growing up Jem and Scout they heard of a man named Boo Radley. They heard rumors about how Boo was a murderer and that he is locked up in the basement of his parents house. The Radley’s house was just few houses down from Jem and Scouts and being kids they were very curious. They created games, but out of those games held their true opinions of how they felt about Boo. Jem describes his image of Boo, “..Six and a half feet tall,....he dined on raw squirrels and cats he could catch, that 's why his hands are bloodstained-if ate an animal raw you could never wash the blood off.
“Scout, I’m beginning to understand something. I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time…” (227). Prejudice and discrimination are major issues that are present in the town of Maycomb; Scout and her brother Jem are young children who learn about the disturbing existence of the bigotry that they were previously unaware of in their familiar southern hometown throughout the trial of Tom Robinson, an innocent African American who is accused of rape by a white woman. To Kill a Mockingbird introduces a world that harbors prejudice against some of its very citizens and describes how discrimination was a major flaw in society and still is a flaw present day society. The author, Harper Lee develops
The first summer when Dill came to Maycomb, Jem and Scout gave him a rundown of the town and it terror “Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained—if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time” (Lee 16). The dehumanization of Boo Radley sickens the readers, and gives them a malicious notion towards Boo Radley. “He was still leaning against the wall. He had been leaning against the wall when I came into the room, his arms folded across his chest.
To Kill A Mockingbird is primarily a southern gothic type of novel in the sense that it takes place in the south and explores both dark and comedic elements. The main focus of the story is a court trial of a crippled black man named Tom Robinson. Scout is the main character. Her friends, neighbors and family are all used to lead up to the powerful and realistic conflict that must have influenced the authors emotions. The novel takes place in the fictional southern town of Maycomb Alabama.
Famous poet, and civil rights activist Maya Angelou once said, “Prejudice is a burden that confuses the past, threatens the future and renders the present inaccessible.” This quote demonstrates one of the many themes in the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel, written by Harper Lee, follows the story of the protagonist, Jean Louise Finch or Scout, who lives in Maycomb, Alabama with her brother, Jeremy “Jem” Finch, and her father, Atticus Finch. The story takes place in the 1930s, where Scout’s father, Atticus, is a lawyer who was chosen to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. While Atticus is preparing for his case, Jem, Scout, and their friend, Dill, have multiple encounters with their ghost-like neighbor,
Pure Injustice William Goodwin once said “No man knows the value of innocence and integrity but he who has lost them.” In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout Finch, a young girl, lives with her brother Jem and her father Atticus, a prominent lawyer, in the town of Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression. Due to Atticus’ high moral standards, he feels obligated to take on a case where he defends Tom Robinson, an African American. Robinson is being wrongfully accused of raping Mayella Ewell, who is part of the most disgraced family in the town. Throughout the book, the Finch children realize the extreme prejudice and social inequality of Maycomb. Harper Lee develops the metaphor of a mockingbird to illustrate how people who defy social norms are critiqued, misconstrued, and discriminated against by others.
According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, the definition of revenge is “to inflict injury in return for.” In To Kill a Mockingbird (TKAM) by Harper Lee, Scout, and Jem explore Civil Rights and racism in the segregated Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930s. Expressed through the eyes of 7-year-old, you learn about her father Atticus Finch, an attorney who desperately tries to prove the innocence of a black man falsely accused of rape; and about Boo Radley, a mysterious neighbor who saves Scout and Jem from being slaughtered by Bob Ewell. In the scene when Jem and Scout are attacked by Bob Ewell, Lee develops the theme, revenge brings consequences through external conflict, and symbolism. Seeking destructive revenge always creates a larger issue.
Harper Lee and Empathy in “To Kill A Mockingbird” By Tanaka Rwodzi In Harper Lee’s critically acclaimed magnum opus “To Kill A Mockingbird;” Lee emphasizes her view on the importance of empathy through how she depicts empathy in regards to the characters Scout, Tom Robinson, and Atticus. “To Kill A Mockingbird” is a novel shown from the view of Scout, a young girl living in the sleepy town of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s, and her and her brothers escapades; mainly their captivation over an elusive local resident who doesn’t leave his house, and the drawn-out process of a court case against a black man, Tom Robinson, who is falsely accused of rape. Throughout the novel, Harper Lee emphasizes the importance of empathy to her through how she
Setting Throughout Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Jean Louise “Scout” and Jem Finch spend their childhood in Maycomb County Alabama. Dill visits in the summer and they do adventurous things such as imagining the horror inside the mysterious Radley household. The story takes place in the 1930s during the Depression Era and the time of segregation. This is truly shown when Jem and Scout’s playful childhood behavior gets turned completely upside down when their father, Atticus takes on a case that defends Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white girl. Theme The major theme of To Kill a Mockingbird is: Never judge a book by its cover.
Where they are from, things their family has done. Predjudice is all around us and it is prevalent in the books To Kill a Mockingbird, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian, The Merchant of Venice, and Those Who Save Us. First is To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. In this book there is a court case between Tom Robinson, a black man and Mayella Ewell, a white woman. In the case Mayella accuses Tom of raping and beating her.
Men are always expecting women to be in the kitchen and men acting all manly. Putting a women down is not good because if once a women is risen from that putting down you’ve been doing you won’t be getting up after. Mona Hayes was later on released from jail in 1939. Mona Hayes ran into her ex Sharpe multiple times in public which always ended up in a sexual harassment. Some of the by standers had informed the police about it and she had been seen running away from all this violence.
Then some people thought that Tom was innocent but the judge decided to make Tom go to prison. In the book it said that Mayella hugged and kissed Tom on the cheek. From this I can infer that Mayella is desperate and can get away with this because Tom Robinson is a black person. This reminds me of a couple southern movies I’ve watched where black people are always the first to suspect because of their color. Tom Robinson on trial for his life said Bob Ewell yelled “whore I’ll kill you” when he saw Mayella kiss Tom from the window.
Boo had courage leaving his house, which he had been locked up in for a very long time, to help Jem and Scout and finally reveal himself to them.“His lips parted into a timid smile, and our neighbor’s image blurred with my sudden tears. Hey, Boo,” I said. (270) Another act of heroism is Mr.Avery going into Mrs. Maudie’s burning house. Mr. Avery has the willingness to help others because he goes to the upstairs of Mrs. Maudie’s house alone, and he tries to save more of her most valuable belongings. Then he gets stuck at the window and almost can’t get out, but then he goes down the porch pillar into shrubbery and is safe.