Theme Of Inhumanity In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In Harper Lee’s novel (1960),to kill a MockingBird,one of the major themes is man’s inhumanity to man. This is shown through the Boo Radley, Tom Robinson and Dolphus Raymond subplots. All three characters can be seen as examples of the proverbial mockingbird. This inhumanity shows that Maycomb might not be the melancholic, quiet town that is described in the book by Scout,’”Maycomb was an old town,but it was a tired old town’” (6). While Scout thought Maycomb was peaceful it was evidently a inhumane town. An example of these “MockingBirds” are: The first and foremost example of this heartless treatment is Arthur “Boo” Radley. He is the subject of not only multiple absurd rumors but also is looked down upon by his fellow neighbours and townsfolk. Children and adult alike fear him for what is heard of him and speculate ideas of the gruesome things he “must” do. “Boo drove the scissors into his parents leg,pulled them out,wiped them on his pants,and resumed his activities”…show more content…
The people of Maycomb stalk and harass an innocent man that just want’s to be accepted.The second he goes and does his own thing, people start absurd rumours about him.Children torment him on a almost day to day basis. They play thing’s such as “Boo Radley play” an offensive play meant to make fun of him. They also berate Boo by going on to his private property to try and see what he looks like.”Dill and Jem were simply going to peep in the window with the loose shutter to see if they could get a look at Boo Radley” (69). Despite Boo being ostracized by the people of Maycomb, he is still nice to them. He gives gifts to the kids that treated him wrongly, even goes as far as to save their life,while risking his own. Boo Radley is obviously a Mockingbird,giving gifts and not harming a soul,but the people of Maycomb think wrongly of him. Sadly Boo isn’t the only innocent man to be hurt by
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