Harper Lee caused herd behavior in "To Kill a Mockingbird" when Atticus disrupted the ways of Maycomb by defending an African American. First, mob mentality, or herd behavior, refers to the tendancy of people to do over reactive things that they would not normally do with others. This tells us that people will act differently when they are part of a mob. When someone joins a mob, they can lose their individuality and adopt a mob mentality, such as killing a person. In chapter fifteen of "To Kill a Mockingbird", the mob outside the jailhouse were planning to kill Tom Robinson so their would be no trial.
Empathy is a quality difficult to attain. Not many people can really look through the eyes of someone else most of us are sympathetic. Empathy is almost a rare feeling how often are you going to feel empathy for the syrian refugees or children in Africa? It’s hard to feel empathy for things that we haven't experienced. But in every bundle of people their is an Atticus Finch.
Responses to Racism 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. Dill opposes against the town’s racism openly while in Tom’s trial.
The quote relates to a major theme in the novel because Atticus makes a statement about killing blue jays but never killing mocking birds . Scout feels the need to question her fathers edict because it is unusual. This quote explains how similar Atticus and Miss Maudie are. They both agree strongly that it is a sin to kill a mocking bird, an animal symbolic of Boo radley and Tom Robinson. Neither has causee harm, and prove only to have pure hearts.
The mockingbird is the dominant motif of the novel. Mockingbird is a type of songbird. Throughout the novel, the mockingbird represented the innocences. The first character to use the symbolism is Atticus, "... it's a sin to kill a mockingbird".
In her novel, Harpper Lee uses a range of characters to show the different ways discrimination is ingrained into society and how big of a problem it is, while also portraying a minority of people who hold a strong moral compass to overcome injustice. Harpper Lee suggests that the prejudices that white people have against black people causes discrimination and prevents justice because the dominant prejudicial mindset corrupts the ability to recognise the truth. In part II of the book when Mr Underwood states that ‘Atticus had used every tool available to free men to save Tom Robinson, but in the secret courts of men’s hearts Atticus had no case.’ Lee shows that the court case won’t go the way Atticus wants it to because ‘but in the secret
. People said they were Mayella Ewell's." (Lee 194) The smell and display of the beautiful flowers in the garden still help us to understand the lack of wealth and family. Mayella is trying to be better than the reputation of her family.
Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill A Mocking Bird’ is a fictional novel written/published in the midst of the sixties that gave light to the provocative themes of prejudice and racial discrimination in the deep south of Alabama during the 1930s. The memorable quote said by Atticus Finch, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin", (Lee, 2004, p. 94), is the basic message the author is trying to get across, to get to know a person rather than to judge and discriminate someone based on their race. Harper Lee explores these themes through the construcion of events and characters that challenge and reinforce the societal ideologies at the time. An example of this is the character Atticus Finch and his values, attitudes and beliefs toward the trial of a black man charged with the rape of a white girl.
To KIll a Mockingbird by Harper Lee uses the town of Maycomb changing throughout the story ultimately affecting the ending. Lee represents society as an ever changing factor to people life. There are a few things that attribute to this change including the case against Tom Robinson as well as the mob that confronts Atticus wanting to get at Tom Robinson. Characters such as Atticus Finch have seen this change in Maycomb and are personally affected by it.
They are in the rich vs poor society and they are placed unfortunately in the poor part of society. The rising peak of the story is when Miss Moore first moves into their neighborhood and claims her self as the future educator for the kids and plans to turn them into the right direction so they can be presentable in society. The central idea is the examination of the rich and poor society. The primary conflict of the story is external between the kids and society. They realize they are born into the poor part of society but still have the desire to want.
In our society, innocent people, known as mockingbirds, experience prejudice in their lives. A/T: In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Background: Tom Robinson is a black person who’s was accused of raping a white girl named Mayella Ewell which he has never done. For this reason, Atticus Finch was appointed to be his lawyer. As a result, Atticus takes a stand for him by approving his case and standing up for him, but Tom was still found guilty.
Persons of a higher class would social with each other therefore they would not know how to relate to others who are not as privilege as them. It is also based on how the parents treat and interact with persons of a lower social status for example the case with Mr. Lloyd Carlston he treated Mr. D’Averette in a certain matter which his son adopted. In today’s society persons of a higher social status is given opportunities over others based on wealth and association. The historical context would have been executed through the issue of the hatred brought throughout the novel as it relates to the differences the whites had against the black from slavery. The whites lived there lives having the control over the black/colored individuals even though slaves were brought to the Caribbean from various countries.
It also showed how hard it is to escape it, to keep fighting it or to conform like almost everyone else. The biggest examples I can think of that proves this are how much society had changed for Chief when he saw it again and how everything was almost completely identical, and the on going battle between Nurse Ratchet and McMurphy. Nurse Ratchet and her ward being society, trying to turn the patients into how they see fit so they can be fixed and going to live in society based on society's standards. McMurphy would the individual who would fight against the society he was forced to live in, just wanting to be free and be who he was, and he would do it until the very end. This book could also represent what was happening when it was written.
The movie also shows us what happens in this world when people see others as less than themselves. As with the example of Judy defending her friend against the fox. She is scratched by him but in the end still does not let her natural instincts of fear overpower her dreams. Judy is classified as the weakest link throughout the movie, but continues to prove herself against the odds. The examples of social classes throughout the movie I think are also very close to what our social classes look like today.