Fiction is a forgotten gem; an untapped well of knowledge. It deals with the things that make us fundamentally human, such as conflict, passion, love, lust, jealousy, and hatred. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee highlights the truths about racism and especially stereotypes. In Lord of The Flies, William Golding focuses on the darkness that lives within all human beings. In Fahrenheit 451, Ray Bradbury writes about the mistakes society makes when depending solely on technology and not allowing fiction to even exist in people’s households. These three classic novels allow readers to unlock a part of their emotions that they haven't subconsciously felt before which is important because emotion is what makes us truly human. In To Kill a Mockingbird, …show more content…
When readers are first introduced to Boo Radley, Jem describes him by saying; “Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, [...] 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 11). Although Boo Radley is considered strange to the kids, he ended up truly caring about Scout and Jem. Later in the novel, when Scout reminisces about what she and her brother found in the oak tree from Boo Radley, she says, “Neighbors bring food with death and flowers with sickness and little things in between. Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it. We …show more content…
Although the boys are stuck on the island for weeks and begin to turn to savagery, one boy, Simon, makes an observation that no one else makes yet. Simon, who is an intuitive and sensitive individual eventually recognizes the darkness that hides within the human heart. When the boys argue about there being a beast on the island, Simon proposes the idea to the group that “maybe it’s only us that we’re afraid of” (Golding 195). Simon tries to suggest that the beast may be something within the boys themselves but to the boys, it’s just easier to fear the beast than to face the reality that they are actually afraid of each other. Towards the end of the novel when Simon and Piggy face death, and Jack’s savage group is about to kill Ralph, a naval officer shows up at the same time Ralph was about to give up and let himself die. When the naval officer questions the boys on what they were doing on the island and why they were turning on each other, Golding wrote: “Ralph wept for the end of innocence, the darkness of man’s heart, and the fall through the air of a true, wise friend called Piggy” (Golding 158). This is the moment Ralph realizes what Simon was talking about earlier. Similarly, in To Kill a Mockingbird, readers feel sorry for Scout and her sadness for Boo Radley, when she couldn’t give anything in return as a response to his kindness; as they are
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Guy Montag believes that he is an innocent man, but is helping to create a darker society for those around him. He burns book because it is his job, not because he thinks they are dangerous. As Montag encounters different people, he slowly begins to realize that he lives in a messed up society and decides it is time to put an end to his lifestyle. He eventually becomes a wanted man and flees the city with the help of his good friend, Faber. When he is safe in the woods with different outlaws, the city he once lived in has been declared war upon.
Do Twitter, Snapchat, and Facebook cover up free speech? People that run media sites, such as Instagram and Facebook have bias and shut down pages if they “Violate their Community Guidelines”. I follow a lot of pages that have been shut down because they say opinions that apparently violent their terms when all they did was say their opinion and express their right to free speech. This goes along with Ray Bradbury’s Fahrenheit 451, when the government is censoring people and not letting them read books.
Throughout the novel “ To Kill a Mockingbird”, finally, we could realize who Boo Radley is. A character was regarded as a phantom in the house. Ironically, curious children such as Jem, Scout, and Dill are ones who coax Boo out into the real world. Everything involving Boo had faded away until the presents began to appear in the Radley tree, and Scout didn’t realize who had put them there. However we can guess that was Boo, and maybe Jem did too.
Did I scare you? Well Boo Radley sure scared Jem and Scout. The rumors they collected about him we're plenty. “ Jim gave a reasonable description of Boo : Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined off of raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were blood stained – if you ate an animal raw , you would never wash you could never wash their blood off…”(13). According to scout, Jem's sister, Boo was one creepy man who ate animals alive!
" Even though Jem has never seen Boo Radley, he's convinced that Boo is this monster-like- person. Not to mention, what happened with Miss Stephanie Crawford, Jem retells the story that Miss Stephanie told him and Scout and says," she woke up in the middle of the night one time and saw him looking straight through the window at her.." Based on what people have said about Boo; Jem, Scout and Dill all believed it. They don’t realize that he's actually a good person because they're so convinced that he's a
In the book To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, we follow Jem and Scout as they try to discover who Boo Radley truly is. In Maycomb County, Boo becomes stereotyped as a monster that has been hiding for many years. Scout and Jem want to find out why Boo stays inside and if he really is as bad as people claim. Jem and Scout use empathy and try to relate to him even though he is seemed a monster. Boo teaches Jem and Scout to not judge someone from stereotypes and try to understand a person for who they truly are.
Injustice is lack of fairness or justice. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, there are many examples injustice. As Scout Finch grows up in Maycomb County, she is surrounded by injustice. She grows up with her brother Jem and her cook Calpurnia. Dill becomes their friend along the way and with him comes the idea to get Boo Radley out of his house.
Jem, and Scout, from the beginning didn’t stand in Boo Radley’s shoes as they believed the townsfolk rumor and gossip about the Radley’s place. In fact they even made a game called “Boo Radley” they try to reenact the Radley rumors like Boo, stab his own father by using the scissor as he was cutting some papers up. On the other hand when they finally tried standing on Boo Radley’s shoes they felt bad because he was locked inside the house for 15 years. The two children tried to get to know Boo, and were starting to think that he wasn 't that bad of a person after all, because when they asked Miss
Arthur Radley, colloquially known as Boo Radley, is a reclusive man who refrains from leaving his house. This is a significant social faux pas in Maycomb, and as a result, he is highly gossiped about by the townspeople and negative rumors constantly circulate regarding him and how he is mentally ill and should be feared. At the beginning of the novel, Scouts perception of Boo Radley is no different. As the novel progresses Scout slowly begins to empathise more with Boo; and she begins to fear him less after various events in the novel, such as the times Boo leaves Scout and Jem presents (59-60) and the time Boo places a blanket on Scout 's shoulders during the fire at Miss Maudie’s house (71-72). Scout’s empathy towards Boo Radley is really only fully developed by the end of the novel when Boo saves Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell.
We live in a society today where judging others is a regular, everyday activity. Many people may blame a significant amount of this issue on the excessive amount of technology we have access too, but this problem has been around for much longer. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, it shows the ugliness that can come from judging others, but it also teaches two young children, Scout and Jem, to listen to others, so that you can have the opportunity to learn from them. Throughout the story many characters were able to demonstrate this lesson for the kids, but three that were true examples of it were Tom Robinson, Atticus Finch and Boo Radley. With only aiming to stand up for what they believe in and not worrying what everyone
John Dos Passos once said, “Individuality is freedom lived.” The root of individuality lies in freedom. Without freedom, there is an inability to think for oneself and share one’s ideas. In a society where this freedom is lacking, people will not think for themselves and submit to whatever rule is enforced over them. In Fahrenheit 451, the government attempts to control freedom as a means towards reaching a perfect society.
This myth that Boo is a monster is false, since the crimes of which Boo is blamed are mostly ridiculous and aren’t proven: Though he was accused of maiming animals, the one who did it was actually Crazy Addie; no one ever died from the "poisoned" pecans from the Radley tree. The unexplained items found in the knothole of the Radley oak tree were the first hints that Boo was more kindly than monstrous. Also, towards the end of the novel, Boo saves Jem and Scout and carries Jem home after he’s been injured. Through these actions one can understand that Boo Radley isn’t the monster that Jem describes in the beginning of the novel. Finally, at the end of the novel, Scout realizes that Boo Radley is not the monster everyone thought he was.
In the book, Scout describes Boo Radley as, “...Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall... he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that is why his hands were bloodstained...long jagged scar that ran across his face...teeth he had were yellow and rotten, his eyes popped out, and he drools most of the time”(Lee 13). Near the beginning of the story, the children are even scared of stepping near the Radley house and considering it an act of bravery when a child ran and touched the house. As the story progresses the children are still scared of the Radley house but not as much and were happily accepting all the gifts in the tree’s knothole. Throughout the book, the children received gum, Indian head pennies, carved soap figures of themselves, a broken pocket watch with a good quality fob, a penknife, a ball of twine, and a spelling medal.
Moreover, Scout learns that is very important that she shouldn’t judge people too quickly, when she meets Boo Radley. Before she met him, Scout believed all the rumors that people said about them. “Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall...hands were bloodstained…long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten…” (Lee 14) these rumors led to her thinking Boo was a monster. However, at the end of the book when Scout meets Boo, he is nothing like the character she was led to believe.
They also learn that the reason Boo Radley’s hands are bloodstained are because he eats any squirrels or cats he finds. Jem also describes him as a horrific scary monster, but these are only based on facts that Stephanie Crawford has told them and the town. Jem and Scout are curious with these tales as they try to get Boo out of house, so they can see how he looks like.