Finding out how cruel society is at a young age is a lot to take in but it can give so much in return. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, two characters, Jem and Scout, learn many valuable lessons from the real world that do not necessarily come from school education. The school life of Jem and Scout is not mentioned in the book that much, but from the scenes where they are mentioned, it seems to the reader that the school is sheltering them and holding them back. In real life, Jem and Scout are exposed to numerous events in which they use different lessons from the past and present to deal with these events.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is a story about inequality, injustice and racism seen through the eyes of two innocent children, Jem and Scout. Jem and Scout live in Maycomb, Alabama and learn these sad lessons through their relationships with their father Atticus, their maid Calpurnia, their mysterious neighbor Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson, a black man who is accused of a terrible crime. Through their relationship with Boo and Tom, Jem and Scout learn about racism and inequality that changes how they see the world. Boo Radley and Tom Robinson are two different people who share similar struggles with inequality throughout this story.
When people say the common phrase that beauty is on the inside not on the outside, do you believe that they truly mean it? Physical attributes played a major role not only back a few decades ago, but also in our present day. The very first moment you lay your eyes on somebody, your mind is the one to initially determine whether or not we decide to bring that person into our lives. In the fictional novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, characters and symbolism are used to help demonstrate the theme of the novel that judging somebody solely on the words of others can be deceiving.
Tim Johnson is a marvelous dog that brings joy to the town of Maycomb, but Atticus kills Tim. While Jem and Scout are playing, they see Tim Johnson down the street. Scout describes him as, “Tim was a liver-colored bird dog, the pet of Maycomb,” (Lee 122). This shows how Tim is an old dog that is originally the “pet of Maycomb”. Since he is the pet of Maycomb, he must be nice and joyful. He brings no harm to the town instead, brings joy to the town so, in this case, he is the mockingbird. Jem and Scout find Tim acting strangely so, they call Calpurnia. She runs inside then, calls Atticus and says: “‘I swear to God there’s a mad dog down the street a piece—he’s comin’ this way’” (Lee 123). Tim is a “mad dog” and he is coming towards them. Tim has rabies, a disease, and this is not his fault, but he is a real threat and can harm someone. Then, Atticus arrives with Heck and Atticus is being forced to kill Tim and Atticus does. Scout says: “The rifle cracked. Tim Johnson leaped, flopped over and
If not for the major characters, the minor characters have played an equally important role in Maycomb with their contrasting views. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is mainly about Jem and Scout growing up under the difficult situations created in Alabama during The Great Depression. Stereotypes and discrimination are major problems in Maycomb. Scout and Jem Finch are raised by Atticus, with the help of Calpurnia, their maid. In the first part of the book, Scout, Jem and Dill are fascinated by Boo Radley because of the rumors they hear about him, and they try everything to make him come out of his house. In the second part of the book, Scout and Jem find out that their father is going to help Tom Robinson, an African-American,
To Kill A Mockingbird is a classic. It was written by Harper Lee in 1960, making it a modern classic. It stood the test of time by having an artistic quality with a unique storyline. It uses several different literary devices to interact with the reader. From metaphors to letting the reader become Scout, it purposefully engages the reader. What truly makes To Kill a Mockingbird a classic is its expression of life, truth, and its use of literature. Although it might not be a bestseller today it is its use of language and purpose behind the story that keeps the readers coming.
On a rainy day, a man at the bus stop asks for change. The two choices are walking past him avoiding eye contact, or giving him the change with a smile. Before even talking to this man, one may have already made the assumption that he is homeless or a drug addict wanting to buy his next high. But assumptions cannot accurately explain who he is or why he needs money. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee explores this idea of judging others before looking at the world from their perspective. Scout and Jem, although raised in a prejudice town, learn from their father Atticus that who a person is racially, does not define them as a person. Although the children make up stories about Arthur “Boo” Radley to pass the time in part one of the novel, in part two the Tom Robinson situation widens their eyes to the biased ways of their town. In the end, Jem and Scout are rescued by Boo Radley, the very person they feared during their childhood. Mockingbirds are used as a symbol in the novel to portray the fact that innocent and caring people are sometimes the most abused. The theme of presumptions and the dangers of judging others are explored through the childhood fable of Boo, the story of Atticus, and the trial of Tom Robinson; the mockingbirds.
Misunderstandings occur anywhere at anytime in society and in this novel. The children and teenagers in this novel often come across misunderstandings between each other and even with an adult. The children do not always know how to explain their ideas while communicating with another child or adult which causes the misunderstandings. I think this is shown from a child’s point of view because the children are usually the one’s who are misunderstood. Teenagers and adults are usually the one’s who don’t comprehend the children very well and cause the misunderstandings to happen.
Atticus Finch from To Kill a Mockingbird famously said in his closing arguments: "You know the truth, and the truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some negro men are not to be trusted around women- black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and no particular race of men." (pg 232) What Atticus is trying to convey is a foreign concept to most people in Maycomb county. Atticus is trying to convey a point of equality and no prejudice in a world of social inequality which, as one can imagine, didn 't go over so well. To kill a mockingbird tells a story of a county whose morals are masked by the great depression, a county whose judgment is masked by racism and social stigma. In to kill a mockingbird,
“To Kill A Mockingbird”(TKAM) is a story told from the viewpoint of a young girl named Scout and a narrator who was the grown up version of Scout. Harper Lee writes an incredible story about racial prejudice and how important it is to be a good person of society. Scout’s father, Atticus Finch, is a lawyer who has abandoned the southern tradition of racism and takes on a challenging case defending a black man named Tom Robinson. Tom was falsely accused of rapping Mayella Ewell, a young woman who lives by the dumps. Mayella is not a sympathetic character because she lied under oath, “tempts” a married black man, and was the reason Tom died.
It is The Great Depression, and an innocent black man has been accused of raping a white woman, nothing new. The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, takes place in Maycomb, Alabama during The Great Depression. The novel covers the years where Boo Radley took over the Finch kids’ childhoods, and Atticus Finch, a respected lawyer, defends a black man. Scout and Jem, spend their years entangled in stories surrounding a man named Arthur “Boo” Radley by using their free time doing anything to see him in person. Amid their activities, their father, Atticus Finch, has to defend an innocent black man in a rape case against
The novel starts by saying that Jem, the narrator’s brother, broke his arm at the elbow when he was about thirteen. From there the narrator foreshadows on two later events one related to the Ewells and another with Dill and Boo Radley. The story goes on to talk about how Simon Finch, their ancestor, made his homestead on Finch’s Landing, and how it was customary for the Finch men to stay at Finch’s Landing while making a living from the cotton. Atticus Finch the narrator’s father broke this tradition then he went to Montgomery to read law. Atticus was admitted to the bar and returned twenty miles east of Finch’s Landing to begin his practice in Maycomb, This is where he and his family now resign. The narrator is known as Scout but her
To Kill a Mockingbird shows Racist themes throughout the book. To demonstrate, Jem and Scout were being reprimanded by Mrs. Dubose as they walked to the store, she told Scout that of she kept wearing overalls she’d have a bad life, she also said, “Not only a Finch waiting on tables but one in the courthouse lawing for niggers!” (Lee Unknown). This shows that some people in Maycomb are very racist. As another example, they use the phrase “Nigger Lover” (Lee 94-96) as an insult multiple times. This insinuates that their society rejects people of color and anyone who converses with them. In chapter 11, the phrase “nigger lover” reappears as Mrs. Dubose calls Atticus that, Scout asks Atticus what it means and if he actually is one, he says, “I
Many stories or novels have a conflict inside pages of the book; it’s necessary part of a book’s story to give the characters something to voice their opinion and their personality on. The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee also has conflicts. The main conflict is between the children and society's norms on racism, especially toward Tom Robinson, a african- american who is suspected of the rape of Mayella Ewell.
All children have a moment where they start to mature and come of age. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus tries to teach his daughter Scout to act more sophisticated and ladylike. When Scout was younger she would ignore Atticus’s request, but now that she has matured you can see her wanting to adjust her personality. Harper Lee uses the characterization of Scout to show the motif that she is coming of age, in the novel she has progressively become more empathetic, she doesn’t act on her impulses, and Scout is finally learning and gaining perspective of how people in Maycomb act toward each other.