In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Tom Robinson and Arthur “Boo” Radley are two characters who represent the mockingbird. In the midst of finding who Boo truly is, Atticus Finch explains to his children, Jem and Scout, that it is a sin to kill the bird because they don’t do anything but make music. As the story progresses, and the two “mockingbirds” are being accused and attacked both verbally and physically, the identity of the mockingbirds surfaces. Tom Robinson was a crippled African American man whose left arm was a foot shorter than his right, where it was caught in a cotton gin. He was trying to help out Mayella Ewell by gathering firewood and chopping dressers because he felt sorry for her, but was accused of rape because of his color.
Harper Lee has depicted the separation between Caucasians and African-Americans in “To Kill a Mockingbird” by showcasing how White talk and African-American influences conduct between people of different races. For instance, when the children, Scout and Jem went to the church with Calpurnia, and they accessed the church. Subsequently, Harper Lee stated, ‘Calpurnia tilted her hat and scratched her head, then pressed her hat down carefully over her ears. Meanwhile, Calpurnia said, “Now what if I talked white folks ' talk at church, and with my neighbours? They 'd think I was puttin ' on airs to beat Moses” (139).
Two of the issues the Second Great Awakening brought light upon were Temperance (alcoholism), and the ever capsulating issue of racism. For a short modicum of time, many Americans were very against the overconsumption of alcohol, and although racism is always an issue everywhere, many leaders of the Second Great Awakening were abolitionists in addition to being religious leaders. The Second Great Awakening was a literal reformation, it called upon Christians to change every wrongdoing they had in their lives. To become as pure and clean as a human could. The movement itself quite openly shamed alcoholism and abuse of substances.
To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is a book about the racial tensions and segregation that arose in the 1930’s. The general storyline is about the main characters, Scout and Jem. At the start of the story, Jem and Scout were always discriminating against other characters, especially Boo Radley. The town was split in half due to racial segregation and Atticus Finch, their father, was a lawyer who doesn’t care who he’s representing because he’s a man of integrity and decency. Scout and Jem eventually mature and start to understand the dangers of discrimination after they see that Boo Radley is just a human and not the person that they all made him into.
To Kill A Mockingbird You never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view - Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. My topics were how is empathy demonstrated or learned by Atticus, How is Empathy demonstrated by Scout and How is empathy demonstrated or learned by Jem. How is empathy shown throughout the characters among the storyline? Atticus believes that not only black people but everyone deserves a fair go whether it's a court case or not. When Tom Robinson was accused of raping Mayella Ewell everyone in Maycomb was for the side of Bob Ewell and Mayella, The white people always put their word before a black man's word.
“You never understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” This quote by Atticus Finch describes the nature of the book To Kill a Mockingbird. In the book the reader gets to see the true side of Maycomb by seeing everything through the eyes of the protagonist Scout Finch. To Kill a Mockingbird gives the reader a true look at the racism, sexism, and classism deeply rooted in Maycomb culture, by letting them see the reality of others’ lives. Racism is common practice in Maycomb. People fear being near or being associated with someone of a race other than white.
The first example of this is when he takes the Tom Robinson versus Mayella Ewell case. He knows that it could potentially hurt him or his family members but he knows Tom deserves a fair chance. Another example is when Miss Maudie’s house is burning down he works with the other men of the town to get her furniture out before the fire consumes it. Another brave act was when he had to shoot the mad dog. He wasn’t sure what was wrong with it but it looked rabid and was going towards his children.
The movie version of To Kill a Mockingbird combined the characters of Aunt Rachel and Miss Stephanie Crawford, who provided Jem and Scout with horrific rumors about Boo Radley. Additionally, the movie excludes Mrs. Dubose and Jem reading to her every night, which brings forth the themes of courage and forgiveness. Furthermore, the movie omits Dolphus Raymond, who is one of the examples of social injustice and help Jem and Scout understand the prejudice in Maycomb County. Regardless of the differences in each version, both, the movie and novel, portray the essential themes of people being prejudice and stereotyping people based on their race. Both versions follow the storyline of the protagonist and her brother seeing an innocent man being convicted because the jury decided to believe a white man’s lie over a black man’s
Although in To Kill a Mockingbird the foremost focus is racism against black people, there are some scenarios in which the Negroes have prejudice notions against white people. When Calpurnia brought Scout and Jem to her church they were not welcomed at first. In this quote Lula is saying white children are not welcome in the black church. In the novel Harper Lee writes,“You ain’t got no business bringin’ white chillun here— they got their church, we got our’n. It is our church, ain’t it, Miss Cal?” (158).
Mr Cunningham says, “ You know what we want Atticus.”. The fact that Mr Cunningham tells Atticus they want to kill Tom shows that Atticus symbolizes a mockingbird because he is risking his life defending him when he could easily let him die. Although, Atticus’s kids ( Jem and Scout Finch ) were attacked by Bob Ewell because Atticus soiled his already lackluster reputation. Jem and Scout were traveling through the woods when they hear a rustle in the bushes, a few moments later Bob comes up behind both of them with a knife. As Jem is struggling with Bob he breaks his arm and gets knocked out.
Her sin is definitely entitled as adultery. The book talks about Puritan world of Boston. It is when the words of God are primary life principals. Nonetheless, here stands a woman who infringes them, and sins against God. It also shocks the readers that the opponent of her crime is a reverend.
As the grandma states “ Francis, what the hell are you mean?, just what I aid , grandma says it’s enough he lets you all run wild, but now he’s turned out a nigger lover well never walk the streets of Maycomb”(83). This evidence supports that everyone could turn against you only because you are talking to a colored person. As Harper Lee states “it’s hard to explain-ignorant, trashy people use it when they think somebody’s favoring Negroes over and above themselves” (108). It’s important because there started to call them more badly and been ruder to colored people. It’s important because they are making it a big deal about helping a colored person.
Hudgins believed in the biblical justification for the inferiority of African Americans. This idea was that African Americans were descendants of Ham and therefore were cursed like Ham to a life of serving the white race. This meant that African Americans were not pure in the way Hudgins felt Christian had to be for salvation, and mingling with African Americans could lead towards white Christians becoming impure. This reasoning, mixed with strong feelings from his congregation, is why Hudgins upheld the resolution created by his lay leadership, that denied people of other races from worshiping at First Baptist
Would you agree it would be horrible if not sinful to harm something good and innocent like perhaps a mockingbird? In the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Atticus, the narrator’s father, says “Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (pg.119) when telling her what she can and can’t shoot with her new air gun. Scout tells us that Atticus never says something is a sin; so why would he say that maybe to teach her it’s bad to harm a good and innocent creature. Atticus’s quote means more than just it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird but that it is wrong to harm or kill something that is innocent and does only good. The mockingbird is just a symbol of something that does only good because they don’t nest where they aren’t wanted; they don’t
In the passage, Lee argues that racism and prejudice are often due to ignorance, and that the only way to get rid of racism is to develop acceptance and understanding. After Tom Robinson is killed, Mr. Underwood compares his death to the killing of “songbirds by hunters and children.” The word “songbirds” is an obvious reference to Atticus’s lessons about mockingbirds, in which he states killing them is a sin. Killing a songbird, according to him, is a sin because such birds are innocent and do nothing but sing. Lee’s diction to shows the reader that Tom was an innocent man, killed by Maycomb’s racism and hatred. In addition, she uses the words “by hunters and children” when describing the killing of songbirds.