How can a story brimming with racism and resentment also be filled with compassion? Although the world is filled with people who do appalling things, there are still some out there who practice generosity and lead by example. In To Kill a Mockingbird, these people are characters like Scout, Atticus, or Tom. Throughout the novel, these characters and more take action to show humanity in circumstances that they don’t have to, and add a layer of compassion to the theme. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the actions of Maycomb County citizens during the harsh times of the 1930’s show that any given person, regardless of race or societal status, should be worthy of compassion.
Respect is a hand, calling out, waving, waiting to be picked on to express its views on a topic. People look up to it, and admire its nobility and intelligence. The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is set during the time of the Great Depression and the Jim Crow laws, when black people and white people did not have the same rights as each other. The book is told in the point of view of Scout, a young girl whose father is a lawyer for a trial for Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is a black man who was accused of raping a young white girl, Mayella Ewell.
Lee teaches many character traits everyone should have. Atticus, the father of Scout, has many of the positive traits described in the poem, “If”. Virtue is a character trait that is illustrated in both the poem by Kipling and Harper Lee’s descriptions of Atticus. Most of the main characters in To Kill A Mockingbird show virtue, but Mr. Atticus Finch stands out most to the reader. In the story, Finch has to defend a man,
Set in the 1930s in northern Alabama where slavery was at its peak, the book To Kill A Mockingbird is narrated in Scout’s point of view. Through Scout’s eyes, Harper Lee illustrates examples of racism and social inequality and these reveal what it was like for the blacks during that period in America. The racist rationales and social inequality in Maycomb county are, according to the characters, something that is reasonable. Throughout this book, Harper Lee criticises mainly racism and how unjust human beings can be. The readers are able to see how the blacks and the whites were treated differently and how they avoided inter-racial interactions.
Eating is a small, good thing in a time like this" (Carver, 1983, p. 13). The baker understood the pain the couple was going through and encouraged them, offering helpful advise to make the grief more tolerable. Seeing the pain the family is experiencing, the baker turns off each of his machines that work to help him survive and focuses on the couple. The baker observes the fatigue and pain consuming the couple and knows they need to eat something. He selflessly gives them each hot rolls and coffee (Carver, 1983, p. 13).
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee demonstrates that social inequality breaks down a society through the use of conflict, symbolism and irony. Social inequality plays a pivotal role in the novel because the whole conflict between Bob and Tom is wrapped in it. From the first accusation to the final conviction inequality is intertwined in every paragraph, every word. To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that stands the test of time because while our society has made improvements, inequality will never truly go away. This novel displays characters you relate to, ones you despise, and all that you fall in love with.
As a result, members of their community, specifically an elderly woman named Mrs. Dubose, become angry at Atticus, and Bob Ewell even tries to murder Atticus’s children. Fortunately, Boo Radley, the town’s social outcast, jumps to the children’s rescue and kills Bob Ewell. Eventually, Scout was able to learn from her tragic experiences with the help of Atticus’s teachings. Using life lessons, Atticus aims to inculcate morals and principles throughout Scout and Jem’s lives. Atticus persistently implants the concept to Jem and Scout that it is cruel to harm an innocent being.
She put what was right first in the end and invited the man to “come inside with me and i’ll fix you a fresh hamburger - A Burger Bar Special with all the trimmings -- okay?”. This shows that even though she lost money from the transaction that she has a heart, which is something that is so important for an effective leader to grasp. Even though she has shown flaws in her leadership, no one is perfect, and Bliss has shown that she is an overall great leader who can handle conflict well. The main conflict in “Marriage is a Private Affair” by is the clashing of views between the main character, Nnaemeka, and his father. They differ on the fact that Nnaemeka chose the woman he wanted to marry, and that the marriage wasn’t arranged by his father.
You look like a picture this evening’” (Lee 115). Mrs. Dubose is very critical of Atticus and he is completely aware of it. However, he is still extremely kind and respectful to her. Respect and diplomacy always wins over anger and hatred. Lee also expresses this theme through Scout.
Strengths and flaws can only be seen if a person opens up to the possibility of them being there. The Civil Rights Movement opened people 's eyes to the possibility that colored people are just like everyone else, trying to pay the bills, feed their families, and live their lives in peace. There was this stereotype that the colored people of America were bad people with bad qualities, and that was all they were told. But for the few whites who did open up, they were surprised to see these normal day people. In To Kill A Mockingbird, the residents of Maycomb all know each other, their habits, flaws, and they believed the stereotype of the colored people, except for a select few.