Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, explores concepts such as social inequality, racism, morals and values, coming of age, and perspective. The story follows two children, Jem and Scout, as they experience being raised in Maycomb County, Alabama. So why did Lee choose the title: To Kill a Mockingbird?
Everyone knows Jem from To Kill a Mockingbird, but do you? How well do you know Jem? To Kill a Mockingbird is a story about the deep south told through a young girl's perspective, a perspective of innocence written by Harper Lee. Jem plays an important role in To Kill a Mockingbird, because he had his dreams broken at a young age. This character has an unbelievable amount of backstory and depth to it because he is a good brother, great son, and a man of honor.
Miss Maudie: Miss Maudie had great respect for Atticus. She taught scout about different atributions her Father made. She taught Scout about modesty and sympathy. Scout often went to Miss Maudie’s porch and discuuse her problens with her. One day, Scout was sitting on Miss Maudie’s porch when she arouse a question if Boo Radley is Dead or Alive. Miss Maudie told her that Boo loves sitting in houde rather than coming out. Scout then again asked “Why doesn’t Boo wish to come outside ?”(Ch.5). Miss Maudie then replied using a quote “ Wouldn’t you stay in the house if you didn’t want to come out?” Then, she tries to explain Scout the reason of Mr. Radley becoming intractable again using a quote “ anything that’s pleasure is a sin” (Ch.5). In the
People wear fake identities because they believe they need to be above reproach and the best they can possibly be so everyone would look up to them and want to be like them. In this chapter, Aunt Alexandra has a few neighbors and friends over to her house to talk while having tea. It is something similar to a tea party. While at the tea party Scout tries to entertain the guests and usually makes all the guests laugh, but Aunt Alexandra seems to be uninterested in Scouts and her attempts to make everyone laugh, but instead gives her a look that says “I really wish you would stop,” . In chapter twenty-four, Harper Lee shows that people hide their true opinions in order to present themselves as a better person to be with because they will never
Hypocrisy is the "moral or religious beliefs or principles, etc., that one does not really possess." In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, there are many instances of hypocrisy. Many people, at the time were very prejudiced against African-Americans and as a result there were many hypocrites in the Southern States. Some examples of hypocrisy and hypocrites in the book are Aunt Alexandra, Miss Gates, and Mrs. Merriweather.
What causes Miss Maudie to say that they have a least made a “baby step” in the right direction is the trial of Tom Robinson and the fact that Atticus was defending him. For a very long time, the African American community was being treated/defended poorly so the fact that someone like Atticus is defending Tom (even if he might lose) is a step forward from the years before.
Thesis- Injustice and ignorance can be shown through the narrow-mindedness of people, such as Mayella Ewell, Aunt Alexandria, and the even the town of Maycomb.
People say you should be proud of where you come from or who you come from. And that everything you do will reflect on your family. But what if you do something to offend your family. Suddenly you’re a disgrace and an embarrassment to the family. Aunt Alexandria believes that your family background proves your status in society. But Atticus had different beliefs. Although many characters in, To Kill a Mockingbird, base their self-worth off of their family of origin, the truth is that the most admirable people in the novel, “are the people who did the best they could with the sense they had,”
As a father Atticus has done everything he can to maintain his children, Jem and Scout, informed of what really is like out there in the real world. Honesty seems to be Atticus rout when dealing with life. In times Atticus will lose trial but the courage he has won’t allow him to give up on innocent people, like Tom. Atticus is the definition of role model to follow. He’s a great father to his children showing the the truth will always push them forwards in life. Not only that he believe everyone in this world is a mockingbird who isn’t truly known till walked in their shoes. LAstly his pride in taking a stand for someone who only has hope in himself is beyond exceptional for anyone else. Finally remember to treat other the way you want to be treated and don’t just assume, become them for a minute
In Modern day society racism isn’t as common as it was in the 1900’s. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the Mockingbird is a symbol for an a character who brings nothing but peace to the world. Atticus Finch is an harmless and innocent mockingbird, whose image is ruined by trying to step aside the racial barrier in and defend Tom Robinson.
Throughout the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, it is noticeable that Atticus has various roles as a father, lawyer, and social crusader. In Atticus’ many roles he shows courage and behavior, in many instances, throughout the story. By standing up for what he believed in a civilized and determined way. His strongest motivation, however, were his kids. He wanted to set a prime example for his kids and instill in them with a strong sense of moral values and he did exactly
In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch shows a cautious and non-biased character with a unique parenting style. His ways of parenting are much different from many other’s ways. He is an extremely protective parent, but this makes him a very good one. From every scenario, he finds some way to turn it into a lesson for his children. All the characters in the book are very biased about skin color, Atticus is not like this. No matter how things result, Atticus is always level headed, and takes a lesson from every situation.
A young lady committed a crime; a victim was involved. Her father witnessed the unspeakable act, and punished her to teach a lesson of consequences. The father realized the casualty would make his daughter’s shameful ways known to the community. In an attempt to save her from her sins, he found a different story. One where the victim was the real offender, because his daughter was innocent. This is an event that took place in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird. It may not seem familiar, because it’s placed at a distinct angle, Bob Ewell’s. He pointed the blame in a different direction, and the innocent Tom Robinson, was found guilty. The community lost the little respect they had for Tom and didn’t give him a chance, simply because they refused