If you don’t know “To Kill a Mocking Bird” by Harper Lee, is a telling of age story, about a girl nicknamed “Scout” growing up, while slowly unlocking the secrets of her home town and the secrets of life. But before I digress any further, I believe that Tom Robinson had been dealt with an unfair trial in TKAM, which is largely due to the heavy amounts of bias within the jury, although he was allowed to hold a public trial. The root of unruly judgement is known as bias. For instance in Ch. 16, the jury had men dressed in the Cunningham’s formal wear, hinting that the men whom tried to kill the defendant Tom the night before, was in the jury.
It starts off amiable, as the author introduces the characters, properly depicting different voices and personalities. These characters lead to a thick plot, narrated by Scout Finch. Because Scout is a mere 8-year-old girl, the reader doesn’t have much insight as to what’s going on. Harper Lee uses innocence in Scout and the other characters in the book to introduce racism, hatred, love, family, unity, and other ideas into the minds of readers. Scout’s family is made up of three people: Calpurnia, Atticus Finch, and Jem Finch.
Furthermore, the characters that display courage within To Kill a Mockingbird all have something in common; they all want to do something for the better. Atticus, Boo Radley, and Mrs. Dubose are all examples of courageous characters within To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout and Jem’s father, Atticus, is just one of the wonderful examples of courageous characters within the novel. When Atticus is faced with controversy, he faces it head on and stands up for what he believes in. In the book, he is assigned to defend a black man in court who is accused of raping a white woman.
Harper Lee portrays childhood as curious and innocent, but also the “more real” aspects of growing up; the fear, the stupidity, and the flaws.The meaning of To Kill A Mockingbird is, childhood plays an extremely large role in a person’s life, and it shapes one’s views, and goals in their future. Times that Lee represents the importance of childhood are when; Scout is curious about Boo (Arthur) Radley, when Scout and Jem sneak into the courtroom, and when Scout walks Boo Radley home. Throughout the entire book, Scout is curious about Boo Radley; how he looks, how he acts, and why he has been hiding in his home for so many years. Scout is led to believe that Boo is some sort of monster, and she would run passed his house every day. “As the year passed, released from school thirty minutes before Jem, who had to stay until three o’clock, I ran by the Radley Place as fast as I could, not stopping until I reached the safety of our front porch.” (page 33) Scout was afraid of Boo, because she grew up hearing all of the terrible rumors about him.
They will be thrown around until the conflict is over. Even if they have a positive effect on society, they will be harmed. These men and women are symbolic mockingbirds. This cycle of unfairness perfectly describes Mayella Ewell and others from the book “To Kill a Mockingbird”. People like Mayella do nothing but good, until the are trapped in a heavy conflict with no way out.
“Human nature is complex. Even if we do have inclinations toward violence, we also have inclination to empathy, to cooperation, to self-control” ("Steven Pinker Quote")These words spoken by Steven Pinker are hundred percent true. To Kill a Mockingbird’s empathy theme is still relevant today, because it can be found in events such as Sandy Hooks Elementary School and in a Poem named I Have Empathy For You. All the rumors that were going around maycomb about Boo Radley and all the people that were afraid of him, Scout and Jem were like the only people that did not judge him. However In Chapter 31 Scout begins to take the time to see things in Boo Radley’s perspective for instance when scout made a remark at the end of the book “ you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them” (Lee ).
Characterization of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses Jean Louise (Scout) Finch as the narrator. Scout is now an adult and reflects on three very crucial summers during her childhood days. When Scout is first described in the novel, she is prone to violence, labels people based on class, denigrates people, uses racist language, and is prejudice (Seidel 1). All of these things show that she is childish at the beginning of the novel. A mature character would not pick a fight or label people based on their money; however, by the end of the novel, Scout sees that these things are wrong.
Jean Louise Finch (Scout) is a captivating narrator who compels the reader to listen to the story through her personality. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the author, Harper Lee, uses narration, dialogue, and setting to unravel Scout’s courageous, touchy, and rather inquisitive nature in an inventive and thrilling way. In order to adequately understand Scout as a character, the reader must look deeper to look into her mind rather than skimming the first layer. “‘You never really know a person until you consider things from his point of view...’” (Harper Lee 39). Miraculously, Scout kept her composure after two traumatizing events.
This problem really helps me come of age understanding it is not right to use violence when defending family. You will have to pay the consequences. The author really used the conflict between Finch and Scout to see that many people use violence to stop people from insulting their family’s honor. In this passage, the literary elements of character, conflict, and motif develop the theme of people often defend their family’s honor through violence. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses an interesting conflict to help find the theme.
In ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ we can encounter more than one theme. For instance, there are race, justice, morality, femininity, and family. Amongst these, youth is one of the most significant themes that can be thought. Through the eyes of a young girl, the controversial circumstances are thought through the various minds of children and adults. The novel ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ thinks of children as different from adults.
Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming of how you appear to someone else? In this passage from chapter 31 of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the literary elements of motif, diction, and setting develops the theme that changing perspectives or “walking in someone else’s shoes” brings understanding as it did for Scout as she thought of Boo Radley’s point of view. This passage comes as the aftermath of a fatal situation. Harper Lee uses the mindset of a young girl, Scout, standing on her strange neighbor’s porch to demonstrate this “coming of age” lesson. The author establishes “coming of age” to be the learning and maturing as one progresses through life no matter his or her age.
Atticus made it very easy for the court to see that it was a grand possibility that Mr. Ewell indeed beat up his own daughter for wanting to be with a black man. From the quote I can sense that Atticus is proving very well that Mr. Ewell beat his own daughter, however no one in the courtroom wants to believe this statement is true. There is also substantial evidence leading to the fact that Mr. Ewell aggressively attacked his own flesh and blood. Scout ponders about Mr. Ewell being left handed and thinks, “If her right eye was blacked and she was beaten mostly on the right side of the face, it would tend to show that a left handed person did it.”(Lee 238). As I interpret this quote I can see that more evidence is proving Mr. Ewell to be guilty of hitting his own daughter.
At the beginning “To kill a mocking bird”, Jem was very carefree and untroubled, but throughout the novel, he changed for the worse. Jem was always playing with Scout and Dill without a worry on his little mind until the life of adulthood got to him one day. Jem slowly stopped hanging out with friends, just to begin worrying about harshness of everyone in Maycomb. I believe when everyone began calling Atticus a “nigger lover”, Jem began to get more harsh toward everyone, even his dearest sister, Scout. If scout were to as to play before, Jem would hop right to it and they would go play a game down the street, but now, Jem would give his sister the cold shoulder and tell her to grow up.
“To Kill a Mockingbird “is a coming of age novel. Discuss this statement, with reference to at least two characters. In the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” there is evidence of a coming of age story or lesson. Scout learns not to judge people and try and understand where they are coming from and to view a situation from their point of view. In the beginning of the book in chapter 3 Scout is shouted on her first day of school for knowing how to read, and for trying to help Miss Caroline by explaining who Walter Cunning is and that she has shamed him.