In the book To Kill A Mockingbird and Of Mice And Men, almost most of the characters lie about something. People lie even if they’re innocent because they want to protect themselves from being an outcast. Calpurnia lies about being able to read, Dolphus Raymond lies about being an alcoholic, and even worse, Mayella lies about Tom Robinson raping her. All of these false accusations lead to consequences and the only reason these people did this is because they’re too worried about their social standing in their community and they don’t want to be looked at any differently than anybody else.
People lie to fit in with their society so they won’t be seen as an outcast. When Calpurnia took the kids to church with her one day she acted like she couldn’t …show more content…
Mayella lied about Tom Robinson raping her because she was scared and embarrassed to tell the truth. Tom Robinson felt sorry for her and throughout this trial, Scout came to the conclusion that “Mayella Ewell must have been the loneliest person in the world”(256). Mayella was a lonely, miserable character who made a bad decision that costed someone’s life. Mayella is afraid of her father and she doesn’t tell the truth at the trial for fear that her father will beat her again. Bob Ewell and Mayella Ewell are too worried about their social standing in their community to tell the truth and this just goes to show that they hunger for acceptance in Maycomb. The book To Kill A Mockingbird also shares connections with the book Of Mice And Men. In both of these novels, the main characters don’t tell the truth in order for themselves to not get in trouble. When George and Lennie are about to start their new job, their boss asks George what his relationship with Lennie is. George then lies and tells his boss that Lennie "[is his]. . . cousin. He got kicked in the head by a horse when he was a kid" (25). George lies to the boss about Lennie because if he notices that Lennie’s mental defect is a threat they won’t be able to get the job. George didn’t want to attract special attention to them since Lennie had this problem, he wanted them to just fit in and sometimes he has to …show more content…
When was Curley was running after Lennie to get revenge for crushing his hand, George got Carlson’s Luger and beat him to it. Curley then approaches while Lennie is lying dead on the ground and asked George if he had his gun and George said yes, that’s how he died (107). He doesn’t tell the truth about the gun because he doesn’t want anyone to know that he even had the intention of shooting Lennie. He wanted to make it sound like he had no other choice. Or else, he could get in trouble. First and foremost, he could possibly get charged with murder. As well as, Curley might be mad at George because he deprived him the chance to get revenge on Lennie. The last untruthful thing that George told in this book was when he told Lennie that they were going to have their own farm. George always said to Lennie that “when [they] get the coupla acres [he] can let [Lennie] tend the rabbits"(27). George knows that they most likely will never get to buy some land and make this dream a reality but since Lennie has the mind of a child, this was a way to soothe him. Since Lennie has a mental deficiency, he doesn’t realize that this will never be able to happen. Over many years, George has found ways to deal with Lennie. Using this example to focus him makes them both happy, even if it is just a dream. This books shows people being untruthful to protect themselves just as much as To Kill A
George's justification for shooting Lennie is to keep him from experiencing the pain that will follow the consequences of his actions. Lennie is going to be lynched, seemingly beaten up, furthermore Curley is going to kill Lennie. George also perceives that even if they were to escape, it would be just a matter of time before Lennie has another "accident" and kills someone else. George knows he can't protect Lennie from society, as he also cannot protect society from Lennie. Killing Lennie before he is caught is the only kind thing to do.
In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee creates the characters by pulling traits of people in her daily life. Atticus, Scout’s dad in the book, is a perfect example of one of these characters because he relates to Harper Lee’s father, Amasa Coleman(A.C.) Lee. In chapter 1 of the book, it says, “… yet the tradition of living in the land remained unbroken until well into the twentieth century, when my father, Atticus Finch, went to Montgomery to read law… ”(page 4-5). This quotation connects to Harper Lee’s father because he was also a lawyer, according to Scott Stabler.
At first George had taken advantage of Lennie to the point which was life threatening for lennie. After when george seemed to care about Lennie it seemed that george was still used to bossing Lennie around. Just like second nature or a bad habit. George would threaten lennie when he was frustrated, not only would he mentally abuse him, he didn’t take the responsibility of being Lennie’s caretaker.
In this world we are are one race, the human race but we do not act like we are a whole. In this society we act like people are below us, this is being prejudice. In the Book “ How to kill a Mockingbird” we see many examples of how people were prejudice and see how we still are. In the book we see examples of prejudice like, Aunt Alexandra, Bob Ewell and Tom Robinson's trial. 2
“Real courage is when you know you're licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” is a quote in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. This quote shows that although many characters within the movie faced hatred and judgment from those who did not agree with their actions, they still pursued what they believed to be morally right, rather than what the majority thought. To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the early 1930’s within the small town of Maycomb County. During this time period, the Great Depression was beginning to present itself. The Great Depression caused several disadvantages to the western society, such as the stock market crashing, which caused bank failure, unemployment, and excessive amounts of
The prejudice that is demonstrated throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee reveals how a community views certain groups of people. As one reads through the book To Kill a Mockingbird they see that sexism is revealed from the very beginning of the text. The author of To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee, points out, “Men’s stiff collars wilted by nine in the morning. Ladies bathed before noon, after their three o’clock naps, and by nightfall were like soft teacakes with frostings of sweat and sweet talcum powder,” (Lee 5).
This is the conversation between George and Lennie (before George kills him) that shows that they had a true connection arguably stronger than anyone else in the story. In the book, Of Mice and Men, by John Steinbeck, Lennie and George had travelled together since they were children. They had an amazingly strong alliance, and whether tested by prejudice or having to run from the law, aggressive guys or overly clingy girls, it remained true to the end.
George warned Lennie not to mess with Curley because he was the boss’s son, and they could get fired. When Curley came storming in the bunk house after Slim he looked at Lennie when he started swinging, and Lennie said, “ Make ‘um stop George. Wait a minute he yelled, Get ‘im Lennie!” (63). In the heat of the moment George couldn’t stand to see Lennie getting beat up, so he told Lennie to get him.
“Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself” (Lee 6) Scout. This quote is said by Scout when she is older and starts to tell the story of her childhood. This quote is almost ironic because later in the book Maycomb deals with many problems. I admire this quote because of the meaning it has behind it. “You just hold your head high and keep those fists down.
When George hears Curley say this to all of the ranchers he wants to ensure Lennie will die a fast and painless death. If George were to let the ranchers get Lennie, then Curley says he will “shoot him in
George and Lennie meet up and George shoots Lennie in the back of his head killing him. We don’t know exactly why but the most obvious reason is because he wanted Lennie to die peacefully. George knew Curley probably kill Lennie in a cruel way so he did it himself at a time when Lennie had no clue and he was happy. In the story of Cain and Abel, Cain killed his brother Abel because of jealousy. When Cain murders Abel, God told him: "You will become a restless wanderer on the earth."
Curley used this as an excuse to kill Lennie. He really wanted to kill Lennie because he destroyed his hand though. Curley said he was going to blow Lennie's guts out and make him suffer and be in pain. George prevented this by shooting Lennie in the back of the head and ending him quickly. George killed lennie because if he didn’t, Curley would have made him suffer.
Curley’s still upset because Lennie made him look weak in front of all the workers, so Curley wants Lennie to have to suffer and George isn’t going to see Lennie suffer, Curley’s unbearable death. Then they think Lennie has Carlson’s shotgun so Curley says, “When you see him don’t give him no chance. Soot for his guts. That’ll double him over”(Steinbeck 97).