Newton's Third Law In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“For every action there is an equal reaction” is Newton’s third law, this is obviously true to all physical actions that happen on Earth, hence why birds can fly. Over many years there has always been an argument that this ‘law of physics’ applies to much more than just the physical aspects on Earth. Some people believe that Newton’s third law also exists in other forms, the most popular known as Karma. In modern day times society implements their own karma for big offences in the form of law. There are still inhumane things people can do and not be persecuted by the law. However by exploring the events in To Kill a Mockingbird reader discover that Lee has actually written in the idea of “what you give is what you get”.

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Another instance in which ‘you get what you give’ is experienced is when Heck Tate covers up Bob Ewell’s murder to protect Boo from the public eye. Mr. Tate was wise enough to know the punishment for killing innocent people, as experienced from Bob Ewell and Tom Robinson. Heck saw first hand what happened and how it ends for Mr. Ewell. Secondly, it was again karma for Bob as his murder was merely shown as ‘clumsy drunk Ewell fell on his kitchen knife and died’ no one would know the truth about his murder and even in his death no one would have sympathy for him or try and stand up for him. Even in death Bob Ewell’s fate got to him, he will soon be forgotten and any memory people have of him will be the rude drunk of Maycomb, as he was. Finally Heck, keeping silent about the true nature of Ewell’s death was a reward for Boo’s actions. Boo is a kind soul. We have no proof that he’s ever done anything to hurt anyone and we know he risked his own life to save the lives of Jem and Scout when he had absolutely no obligation to. Exposing Boo’s heroic actions would bring him to be the center of the public eye and it would truly be the end of his happiness. Mr. Tate knew this and had no reason to hurt Mr. Radley, and even wanted to reward him for his
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