The people of Maycomb are ignorant when it comes to race, and the Finch children are innocent and do not know what’s really involved with the case taken up by their father. In the beginning of the book, the children are fixated and intrigued by Boo Radley. He remains mysterious to the town of Maycomb, and they go around to all their neighbours to gather gossip and stories. Throughout “To Kill a Mockingbird” there are many different ways and times the contrast between knowing and not knowing appears. In the beginning of the story, the children are obsessed with the mystery of Boo Radley, their neighbour who never leaves his house.
This time the gang tries to beat them up but this time they have a new strategy. Peter hides his phone and calls their principal while all this is happening. The strategy works however their principal doesn’t like the idea of students having her phone number. Feeling hopeless and out of options the boys go to Garvey for support, he tells them to fight without words, left confused and slightly angry Cole is not sure what to do. The next time the gang comes at them Cole decides to sit down because he figures that they wouldn’t fight people sitting down.
Sylvester Stallone once said, “The biggest and most interesting crisis in the world is the human crisis… You don’t need a gimmick, it’s just man against man and their intolerance of each other.” This intolerance is shown throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. It leads to inhumanity, loss of childhood innocence and loneliness, all of which are key themes that the characters in the novel experience. Inhumanity is defined by Mr Dolphus Raymond as, “The simple hell people give other people” (P 222). In the novel, inhumanity is the root of many people’s loneliness and the origin of many children’s loss of innocence. Jem and Scout are taught a very different, and more humane, way of treating people, regardless of how different the person may be, by their father, Atticus.
If Atticus had lashed out at Mr. Ewell, the community between that town and those two groups of people would have been even more disturbed than before. When Atticus lost the trial, “Atticus was standing under the streetlight looking as though nothing had happened” (284). Atticus didn’t act out in front of the trial audience and didn’t start saying rash things about the trial and how it was wrong. Even though he knew the outcome was wrong, he didn’t attempt to make the situation worse. If something doesn’t go a certain way that is ideal in society, their initial thought is usually to argue about it.
The author of this book presents the fact that people’s demeanors can often be misleading. Specifically, one of the characters in To Kill a Mockingbird to prove the statement true that people are not what they seem is Dolphus Raymond. When the Atticus’s court case is going on, Scout and Dill take a small break and exit the building to calm Dill down. When they are out, they meet Dolphus Raymond and during their conversation, he says, “‘It ain’t honest but it’s mighty helpful to folks. Secretly, Miss Finch, I’m not much of a drinker, but you see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that’s the way I want to live’” (Lee 201).
The little bunny went to go warn the other animals and hope that they would listen to what he had to say. This story represents the Holocaust because The Terrible Things represent the Nazis. While all the other animals represent the people, and how they just stood by acting like nothing was happening. They were perfectly capable of doing something, they just did not want to. Moving on to, the author used some positive, negative, and repetitive words.
“I just can’t explain how much losing Julius Windmaker hurt us all” (52). Although Victor and Adrian are immensely disappointed at Julius, but they don’t hold the alcoholism against him. They both recognized his defeat is represented by many others within their community, and, therefore, chose not to judge him. This culture of understanding and faith is also interpreted by Victor
For some people it means getting in with the wrong crowd, as longs as it means they are accepted. For Mayella Ewell that meant trying to be loved by a man she didn’t love. “She was as sad, I thought, as what Jem called a mixed child: white people wouldn’t have anything to do with her because she lived among pigs; Negros wouldn’t have anything to do with her because she was white” (To Kill A Mockingbird pg 256). Mayella seems to be an outcast to everyone, including her own family. Tom testifies that her father shouted profanities at her as he made an escape.
Scout is an impetuous and boisterous yet compassionate and curious character who analyses the society/community in which she lives. Oftentimes, Scout prominently refuses to accept the world as she sees it. She is extremely inquisitive, and this curiosity of hers is expressed several times throughout the film for example: her curiosity is first shown when Scout discovers the ‘shinning something’ at the knothole in the Radley’s lot. It is shown more when she visits Atticus at the Town Jail to see what he was doing with Tom Robinson and attends the open trial despite Atticus’ obvious disapproval of the children attending. On a particular occasion, Scout asks Jem “how can you hate Hitler so bad an’ then be ugly about folks fight here at home” which is such an honest question.
Jem often thinks of his mother when he is trying to have fun but cannot as it is painful and hence his sensitivity as a child immerges out from him. Another part where Jem shows signs of sensitivity is at the porch near the Radley’s place when Atticus explains to the children that the tree was not dying therefore after listening to Atticus, Jem was devastated because he had been told a lie by Mr. Nathan and the only chance of communication to Boo Radley was over. “He stood there until nightfall, and I waited for him. When we went in the house I saw he had been crying”. (Lee, pg 70) Jem felt miserable because right when he started to communicate with Boo Radley and thought that Boo might have been a very generous person, an unexpected turn of event occurred and Jem had no way left to communicate with Boo which made him very upset and made him shred few tears, yet again showing signs of sensitivity in the