Ewell being a malicious evil introduced to the children’s lives, his very presence contributed to the meaning of the story. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, the children learn that every person is not what they seem and with every trial comes a lesson. In Chapter 10, Atticus Finch says, “‘ remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird’” (119). The significance of this quote is later understood by Scout Finch; it was a sin to kill a peaceful creature that never harmed anyone. Mr. Ewell’s wrongdoings lead to the death of Tom Robinson, and later he himself was killed for his unjust actions.
By a young age many were taught that killing was very bad, and that the killing of the innocent is worst, but other than that this lesson can not be taught. However, the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee captures readers into this 1930’s town that moves you to realize how harsh racism was and how if affects the lives of many innocent people. Indeed, to kill a mockingbird is a
Instead of interrogating Abigail, he is silenced by her which most likely shows that he has accepted her demand of not being judged. At this point, there is a flip in power dynamics at the witchcraft trials, Abigail has overpowered Danforth in courtroom. Judge Danforth an honorable Judge of the supreme court has easily been dominated by a seventeen-year-old Abigail, proving that he is gullible to her lies. Lastly, right after the Andover witchcraft trial revolt, Abigail runs away and also steals Reverend Parris’s money (The crucible). The sheer act of fleeing away shows a sign of guilt and fear of punishment along with her act of stealing Reverend Parris’s money clearly speaks a lot about the criminal character of Abigail Williams.
When someone is to bring up the case around Jem, he tries to shut them down, he does not like hearing about it. Tom was found guilty and was soon killed after going to jail, and that hit Jem very hard, he was very tore up about it. In the book Jem specifically says, “No sir, they oughta do away with juries. He wasn’t guilty in the first place and they said he was.”(295) Jem constantly throughout the book claims that Tom is not guilty and wants it to change, and doesn’t know how to except that the jury said different and that’s how it has to
Reverend Parris was thought to be a hero because he called for Reverend Hale, who reads books about solving witchcraft hysterias but instead, Hale caused more chaos and panic “They say you’ve sent to Reverend Hale of Beverly?”(103) Reverend Hale then sent for Judge Danforth and he started all the real chaos. Danforth hung many innocents. Danforth gave two choices to the accused, confess and be spared or keep dignity and be hanged. Many people were hanged because of this lose:lose
Jason Dorrant was the murderers so they ask for a well know detective named Trent do the job. What happens to some of the characters is very unfair because life is unfair. Alicia Barlett started asking questions because she felt like she was getting interrogated for something she didn't know what happened. Jason however is very upset about the incident but Emma doesn't feel bad. The truth is that all the people in the world it would have to happen
The officers are then found guilty, but not of abuse of power or harassment but of being "redneck, white bread, chicken shit motherfucker." The offenders are then laughed out of the courtroom, not worthy of a conviction. The courtroom parody plays an important role. Lines such as "police think they have the authority to kill a minority" and "and when I 'm finished, it 's going to be a bloodbath of cops, dying in LA" (Moore np) are controversial. But the courtroom parody shows a high level of metaphor and not lousy intention derived from its literal
This is an example of Dramatic Irony because the reader already knows that John has confessed to adultery, but Elizabeth doesn't so she lies in hopes of protecting his reputation. Elizabeth's attempt in maintaining John’s Power caused her and John to both have bad reputations, and resulted in John being out on death row. from this, more chaos in the community is created because of more deaths of significant characters, leaving the town to run with orphans and rotting from lack of order. In the text, Irony is used to really create a lot of the conflicts in the
Abigail was weak enough to want revenge on Elizabeth Proctor and kill her so John could love Abigail. “Now little crazy children are jangling the keys of the kingdom, and common vengeance writes the law” (Hale) Abigail Williams in the Crucible is a despicable character that is toxic to every person she commerses with. She portrays the evil of the world and the weakness of fear. She longed for love because of her loneliness and guilt that she could feel deep down inside of her soul. Miller wrote a wonderful play that gave us the thought of how we need to stay strong in the right and smart choices instead of falling to the ridiculous accusations that people make just to get revenge on others.
One of the many themes in The Crucible is mass hysteria. The witch trials are occurring because everyone in Salem is alarmed by the thought of Satan being among them. Miller uses mass hysteria in the book to show how simple it is to create disruption among a society. The theme is important because it “warns us of the dangers of reacting blindly because we are afraid of something” (enotes.com). When the judge asks Mary Warren to faint and she can’t, she says, “I heard the other girls screaming, and you, Your Honor, you seemed to believe them… but then the whole world cried spirits… I only thought I saw them but I did not.” Mary was alone the second time she went to court and that was why she could not faint.
Ewell would lie about the occurrence between Mayella and Tom. One of the first reasons Mr. Ewell would lie is he is the one who hurt his daughter. In the novel Atticus was trying to prove to the jury that it is possible that Mr. Ewell beat up his daughter. Scout says to herself, “…Atticus was trying to show, it seemed to me, that Mr. Ewell could have beaten up Mayella.”(Lee 238). Atticus made it very easy for the court to see that it was a grand possibility that Mr. Ewell indeed beat up his own daughter for wanting to be with a black man.
Frequent events happen throughout the book that reveals how evil humanity can be. One of the biggest ones is that Tom Robinson, although much evidence proved otherwise, was proven guilty on the basis of no evidence. Another one is when Bob Ewell tries to kill Jem and Scout. Proof that Scout learns this in the first place can be found at the end of chapter 26, when Scout asks Jem is it’s ok to persecute anyone at all,also exhibiting that Scout is really thinking about the hypocrisy shown at the time, as they could so easily victimize Hitler for doing something they themselves are also committing. To conclude, Scout truly matures in many ways, learning many new things along the path of maturity.
In conclusion the quote “Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” teaches Scout and the reader that it would be wrong to kill or harm something good and innocent in the world because they are good and innocent, would make the world a worse place, and they do for us it. Finally think how you have treated people who are mockingbirds, how can you do something for them in return, and how can you become one of these people
Today and in the past, prejudice makes a man blind to the truth. The greatest instance of prejudice blinding the truth in To Kill a Mockingbird is the trial of Tom Robinson. In spite of Atticus proving without a doubt that Tom could not have raped Mayella Ewell the jury lets their own prejudices and preconceptions take precedence over the facts of the case. To the members of an extremely biased jury, Tom was guilty the moment he stepped onto Ewell property. The jury closed their minds to the truths of the case because the facts did not
It is wrong to kill an innocent thing. The most obvious symbol is Boo Radley; he was accused of being an “evil being” throughout the book, but at the end we learned that he was an innocent, friendly and respectful person. At the very end of the book, Atticus asked Scout if she understood why Mr. Heck Tate said what he said. Scout replies with, “Well it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird wouldn’t it?” this meaning that if Heck Tate accused Boo Radley for murdering Bob Ewell, then an entire investigation on Boo would happen leading to Boo Radley being sent to prison. It would be “hurting