It’s human nature to want to protect ourselves from danger or getting in trouble. The same thing happens in To Kill a Mockingbird by the majority of the characters whenever something happens that incriminates them. A demonstration of self-preservation in the novel is when Atticus is cross-examining Mayella Ewell in court. During the cross-examination, Atticus says, “What did your father see in the window, the crime of the rape or the best defense to it? Why don’t you tell the truth, child, didn’t Bob Ewell beat you up?” (Lee 251).
On page 275 it is quoted “He linked Tom’s death to the senseless slaughter of songbirds by hunters and children, and Maycomb thought he was trying to write an editorial poetical enough to be reprinted in The Montgomery Advertiser.” A another example of this is on page 174. Scout ends up making Mr. Cunningham question what he is doing when he is trying to kill Tom Robinson. Quoted “He seemed uncomfortable; he cleared his throat and looked away.” The novel To Kill A Mockingbird does do a good job of comparing racism to a disease. After explaining my reasoning do you have the disease? The disease could have come from anyone.
Another example shown was “Well, it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?” says Scout on page 276. Scout is trying to show that Mr.Tate was right. She compares the situation where Bob Ewell “fell on the knife” to shooting a mockingbird. Either way it would be sin, but is covered up because Boo did the right thing. Boo killed Bob because he was protecting the children from harm.
The first similarity between two books is the display of morality and ethics. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus is assigned by Judge Taylor to defend Tom Robinson in trial. Atticus chooses to defend Tom Robinson honorably, despite the color of his skin and the alternate opinions from most of the people of Maycomb. When Scout asks Atticus why he is defending Tom Robinson, Atticus explains to Scout that is the right thing to do, and that he couldn’t live with himself if he didn’t give Tom Robinson a fair trial. "This case, Tom Robinson 's case, is
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that show the life of a southern state od Alabama during the “black racism” time period, where majority of the people had the mentality that (quote) with the exception of a few. To chosen to portray it from the eyes of Scout Finch, from a child’s point of view. Living in Maycomb, in the midst of a conservative society of the 1930’s and 20’s Southern America Scout Finch is an extra ordinary child. She is in fact extraordinary from various perspectives .She differs from the rest of the children with her brother because of the way that they are being brought up. Scout and Jem’s father, Atticus Finch is a modern viewed broad perspective lawyer who believes in integration, democracy and equality.
"Wanting to save some amount of my dignity, I screamed at them: 'I'll get you guys! I'll get you. I'm not really an American. I'm an African and Africans are friends of Japs and I'll get them to bomb your house!'" (Kelley 4).Because of this, the reader can tell that violence is necessary to help achieve peace because when Tommy said this, the others backed off and Tommy went to his grandmother's house.
Atticus has good ideals, and realizes you shouldn’t hate anyone, even if they are inhuman. Atticus understands how Mayella and Tom feel, and he is able to be a good lawyer and a very caring person while understanding how to uphold your
Heck then says the Bob fell on his knife because “to my way of thinkin’, Mr. Finch, taking the one man who’s done you and this town a great service an’ draggin’ him with his shy ways into the limelight--to me, that’s a sin”(370). Heck Tate is saying that if Atticus goes ahead and tells the town that Boo Radley saved his kids, then everyone will want to reward him for saving children, and with Boo being so shy, it would be a sin to do it. Then Scout tells Atticus that telling everyone would be like killing a Mockingbird. Scout looks from Boo’s point from view by seeing why Heck doesn’t want him getting gifts and being called a
However almost everyday Jem finds toys or random objects in the tree out front of the Radleys house. This gives Jem the idea that Boo isn 't some horrible monster after all. “Atticus believes Jem killed Ewell in self-defense, but Tate makes him realize that Boo Radley actually stabbed Ewell and saved both children 's lives.”(lee 28) This quote shows that the children had been put in a situation where the so-called “monster” Boo Radley saved their lives and they now could look at him not as some maniac but a hero and regular person who stays inside to protect himself from the stereotypes and cruelty of the world because of something people had said and that had been spread throughout the
From To Kill A Mockingbird, After getting home from the court case, Jem is upset “What, son? Said, Atticus “ “How could they do it?” Atticus responds by saying “I don’t know, but they did it. They’ve done it before and they did it tonight and they’ll do it again when they do- it seems only children weep. Good night.”(213) Jem is clearly conflicted over Tom being guilty. Jem unlike the other Maycomb residents realizes the crudeness and unfairness of the case.
What do the names Scout, Jem, Atticus, Dill, and Boo Radley all have in common? Each is the name of an important character in the classic book “To Kill A Mockingbird.” Many believe this book is no longer relevant in today’s society and have considered taking it out of school education. “To Kill A Mockingbird” is still a relevant book in our society today because it serves as a reminder of the struggles our society has endured in the past and how these issues have changed today. The father of both Scout and Jem Finch is a very smart man that can teach a lot of lessons to parents nowadays about raising children. For example, “Atticus Finch can inspire us to be better people and better parents and the story shows that it is not impossible to raise your kids to be respectful and humble people.
What is popular is not always what is right, and Atticus shows us this throughout the novel. In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch symbolizes morality and integrity, his parenting style is unlike any one else’s in Maycomb and is accepted by few. He treats his children as he would anyone else in Maycomb, with respect and without