However, Scout Jem’s little sister is the only one that keeps her innocence throughout the novel. Harper Lee uses a mockingbird to represent innocence and demonstrates how the adult stole the innocence away from Dill, Jem, and Scout by showing them the reality of this cruel world, but should be protected for as long as possible. As Jem grows up, his innocence is taken away when he realizes that not everyone in Maycomb is as they seem. One of the first times he notices this is during Tom Robinson’s trial. Jem sees that the judicial system is biased because all the facts stated that Tom was clearly innocent but the jury voted him as guilty.
But Evil: is everything immoral and malice; a doing seeking personal ambitions. At the most times, writers express the idea of good and evil by light and darkness or white and black. Light or white is good, and dark or black is bad. In Beowulf, evil is typically represented by darkness and shadowy figures. This concept is clear in this quotation "Then out of the night came
Discriminational Justice Is Not Justice "You can shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit'em, but just remember it is a sin to kill a mockingbird." -Atticus Finch The reason why I revere Bob Ewell in To Kill a Mockingbird is because of how he brings friction in the plot and makes the protagonist have a more difficult time resolving the problem. This antagonist is one of my favored villains because of his Mischievous behavior and racist personality that really make this novel fantastic. Bob creates many road blocks in the plot that slow Atticus, the protagonist, from resolving certain problems. For example, Bob testifies against Tom Robinson for raping and abusing his daughter Mayella Ewell.
Tom Robinson is a young African-American who's been accused of raping and abusing Mayella Ewell, a young and closeted white woman. Racial discrimination is hinted throughout Tom’s trial as Atticus Finch explains to Jem that a white man’s word will always win over that of a black man’s - "...In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins. They're ugly, but those are the facts of life" (220). Atticus explains to Jem that in the courts of Maycomb, a black man’s state of innocence or guilt is truly determined by a white man’s testimony. As can be seen, Lee’s usage of Tom Robinson’s trial and the racial discrimination and prejudice seen throughout it helps reinforce the theme of social injustice throughout To Kill A Mockingbird.
The author, Harper Lee develops a major theme of people should not discriminate against others solely due to prejudice on the basis of differences for it leads to consequences using dialogue between the characters, thoughts from the narrator 's perspective, and descriptions of beliefs during the time period throughout the book To Kill a Mockingbird. Dialogue spoken in conversations between the characters develop the major theme of people should not discriminate against others solely due to prejudice on the basis of differences for it leads to consequences. Characters like Calpurnia, who experience the discrimination due to the color of their skin know there are only “a handful of people in this town who say fair play is not marked white only; the handful of people
“Shoot all the mockingbirds you want, but it 's a sin to kill a mockingbird.” this powerful statement expresses that you should never try to hurt or destroy things that are innocent and od you no harm. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird there 's a clear representation of destruction of innocence shown through how the town ridicule Boo radley, and make him up to be this monster. How Tom Robinson is unfairly found guilty and killed for being black, and even through simple symbols like the rolie polie in the story. Boo Radley is a clear representation of how innocence could be manipulated and destroyed. Always being the oddball of the town, who never steps foot outside his home.
To Kill A Mockingbird written by Harper Lee is about a young girl named Jean Louise and her life events during The Great Depression. “The Great Depression was a time of devastation and uncertainty” (McCabe 1). While the novel is told through a child the reader can still see the effects the Depression had on the small town of Maycomb. The stock-market crash and the depression that followed changed the lives of both cities, farms, rich, and the poor (Hyde 20). Harper Lee was able to write Maycomb very indistinguishable from what it was like during the actual Depression.
Good and evil are always going to overlap each other, and people have different ways to portray it. During the 1930s, racism was a hot topic, when black people were put on jury they were automatically be guilty and white people always have the upper hand. “Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret court of men’s hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed” (Lee 241). This is a perfect example of good and
To Kill a Mockingbird, is about a young girl named Scout, who is growing up in Maycomb County, Alabama during times of segregation. Through the eyes of this 9 year old, we get to see how different families lived and how people of different races were treated. We watch as Scout grows up and matures and how her opinions and the way she sees the community changes. In the story, there are three main themes being displayed, hypocrisy, injustice, and prejudice. According to The American Heritage Children’s Dictionary , hypocrisy means the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not confirm.
Harper Lee created characters to be blinded by ignorance and show hatred for people proven innocent of misdeed. Through analyzing the characters Arthur Radley, the Ewells, and Tom Robinson showed the theme “The evil in the world isn’t always what society believes it is so
Have you ever caught yourself daydreaming of how you appear to someone else? In this passage from chapter 31 of To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the literary elements of motif, diction, and setting develops the theme that changing perspectives or “walking in someone else’s shoes” brings understanding as it did for Scout as she thought of Boo Radley’s point of view. This passage comes as the aftermath of a fatal situation. Harper Lee uses the mindset of a young girl, Scout, standing on her strange neighbor’s porch to demonstrate this “coming of age” lesson. The author establishes “coming of age” to be the learning and maturing as one progresses through life no matter his or her age.