In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout and Jem Finch live in the small town known as Maycomb, Alabama during the Great Depression. Over time, Scout learns about the town’s true identity. She and Jem are forced to work for Mrs. Dubose, an old woman who seems to hate children. Accompanying this, Scout and Jem are stuck fearing the lunatic who only comes out from his rickety old home at night, Boo Radley. Atticus Finch, Jem and Scout’s father, was appointed as a lawyer to help defend Tom Robinson, a struggling black man who was framed for abusing Mayella Ewell.
Although Jem and Scout have their theories and alleged stories about Boo, he ends up saving their lives in a plot twist. However, in the act, he killed Bob Ewell. Due to the fact that he was only trying to protect Jem and Scout, Sheriff Heck Tate decides not to report Boo in the incident, saying Ewell fell on his own knife. Scout understands exactly why he does this. When discussing why he wouldn’t be put on trial, Scout says: “‘Well, it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?’” (Lee
A very similar thing happens in To Kill a Mockingbird, when Bob Ewell accuses Tom Robinson of raping his daughter Mayella, but Atticus proves that it was most likely Bob who did it. Bob Ewell, Mayella’s dad, the person who should be protecting her at all costs. The most common injustice in the novel appears when the kids find the case between Tom Robinson and the Ewell family to be unfair, highly illogical, and racist. When the verdict of guilty is revealed to the town, Jem becomes upset and says, “You just can’t convict a man on evidence like that- you can’t”
To Kill a Mockingbird is a story that takes place during the Great Depression in a small town located in southern Georgia in the 1930s. The book focuses on Jean Louise “Scout” and Jeremy Atticus “Jem” and their coming of age and the major events that made the two grow up. One of the events was the trial of the Mockingbird, Tom Robinson, in which their father, Atticus Finch, was defending Tom, a man of color. Mockingbirds are used throughout the book to represent people that were harmed by the society even though they were innocent. There is a common misinterpretation of the meaning behind the Mockingbird leading many to believe that Scout is the Mockingbird in the story.
People should not trust anyone when they are full of rage or full of sadness because chances are they would say something that they wanted to keep a secret and they would most likely regret it. In the book, it states “I killed Wellington” “please Christopher. Just...let me explain.”(86) There was a policeman at the door [I told the police] father killed Wellington, who is a dog.”(134) This explains that when Christopher 's father was full of sadness he randomly told Christopher that he killed the dog, but Christopher told the police and did not keep the secret. In other words, there are sometimes one can and can’t trust others. People should be cautious of what they sat and who they 're
I shouldn’t ought to of let no stranger shoot my dog” he also regrets that he was not the one who put his dog down, he thinks that he is the one who was supposed to do it and not let anyone “stranger” do it for him. Candy explains to George what he think they will do after he is not useful anymore, “you seen what they did to my dog? They says he was no good to himself nor nobody else. When they can me here I wisht somebody’d shoot me…” he is so lonely that he is wishing for someone to shoot him and put him out of his misery just like they did with his dog, because he has no one anymore, who will he
Now the man responsible for it is dead. Let the dead bury the dead this time, Mr. Finch.” (Lee, 276) This again is right after Bob’s death and Heck was trying to convince Atticus that Bob fell on his knife and that Jem didn’t kill him. But Heck knew that Bob didn’t fall on his knife. Bob had gotten Tom killed and now Bob was dead. Everyone was even and Heck thought it was just easier to leave it at that instead of having another trial.
And, a last theme that is located in The Giver is, memories are important because they are the knowledge. In the story, Jonas says, “‘ He killed it, my father killed it”(150). Because Jonas had the memories of killings and death, he was able to realize that what his father was doing is wrong, but since that’s how his father was trained, he didn’t know any better. Another part in the story that explains the importance of memories is when it says, “ In his mind, Jonas saw again the face of the boy who had lain dying on a field and had begged him for water”(134). Through Jonas’ knowledge, he knew the true meaning of the game good guys and bad guys.
That even though the robbers were criminals, leaving them behind to die would make him no better than murders. Huck Finn was able to make ethical choices through his conscience instead of through God’s guide. Another example of making moral decisions without religion is shown through Jim’s actions. Jim ,an uneducated runaway slave, relies on his superstitions rather than religion to make judgements. When Huck and Jim came across a flooded house with a dead man laying on the floor, Jim was quick to “throw some old rags over him to prevent Huck from seeing the “gashly” looking dead man (50).
They live in Maycomb, Alabama; a tight-knit town that has hosted the same generations for centuries. Taking place in the 1930s, the town is greatly affected by the Great Depression and discrimination. Scout’s father, Atticus, was assigned a case to represent Tom Robinson, a young African American man who is accused of raping a white young women. He was ruled guilty and was sent back to jail. He would soon be executed, so he decided to try to run away.