“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us…” (Lee, p. 90). Mockingbirds symbolize goodness and innocence in this book. According to Dictionary.com, a scapegoat is “a person or group made to bear the blame for others or to suffer in their place.” In this book, Tom Robinson represents a scapegoat and Jem Finch and Boo Radley are two of the characters that represent mockingbirds.
Paragraph #3 Furthermore, the most reoccurring character trait that Atticus portrays is empathy. For instance, Atticus shows Scout how he understands and share the feeling of others when Scout had trouble adapted to a new teacher in Maycomb. Atticus shows empathy towards Radley family because he understands that rumors relating to the Radley family causes the family a great deal of trouble and unwanted attention from curious youngsters such as Jem, Dill, and Scout. An instance in the novel when Atticus showed empathy towards the Radleys is on page 65 “I’m going to tell you something and tell you one time: stop tormenting that man.” Atticus says this quote to Jem when he was trying to get Boo Radley outside.
After the trial, Atticus is confronted by Bob Ewell who then spits on him and Atticus tells Jem and Scout, “He had to take it out on somebody and I’d rather it be me than that houseful of children out there” (249). This shows us that Atticus wants his children to be willing to sacrifice themselves in order to save other people from harm. Furthermore, Atticus displays courage when he believes that Jem killed Bob Ewell and he states, “nobody’s hushing this up. I don’t live that way” (313). The fact that Atticus is willing to risk his son possibly going to jail demonstrates the amount of courage and integrity Atticus has as a person since he wants to do what he believes to morally right.
Additionally, Bob Ewell’s hatred towards Atticus grew, as the book went on. He got so sick and tired of him and wanted revenge. Atticus explains that, “So if spitting at my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that’s something I’ll gladly take.” Harper Lee describes that Bob Ewell was so full of hatred that he would beat up anyone he disliked. Towards the end of the novel.
The fictional story, To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee includes an evil character, Bob Ewell. The story takes place in Maycomb, a southern town in Alabama in the 1930s. The Ewell family is among the poorest in Maycomb, and is low on Maycomb’s social hierarchy. The family name is not very reputable. Bob Ewell is a drunken father of the family.
26. Jem and Scout are facing many social consequences because Atticus is representing Tom Robinson. Other children at school and sometimes even their own neighbors are calling their father offensive names and speaking poorly of him. As a result, Jem and Scout sometimes go to extreme lengths to defend Atticus and his name. Scout got into multiple fights with her classmates because they taunted her father, which allows the readers to assume that Scout does not react to the taunting and teasing really well.
The Mighty Little Scout Did you grow up in a racist community where the blacks and whites did not get along at all? To Kill a Mockingbird is by Harper Lee. To Kill a Mockingbird is about how 2 children are growing up in a very racist community.
‘Except when he’s drinking?’ asked Atticus so gently that Mayella nodded”(Lee 244). ‘Who beat you up? Tom Robinson or your father?’ No answer. ‘Why don’t you tell me the truth, child, didn’t Bob Ewell beat you up?”
Bob Ewell is violent towards Atticus because Atticus chose to defend Tom Robinson, a black man. Bob doesn’t like the fact that Atticus is defending Tom Robinson just because he is black. So Bob starts to act violently towards Atticus, a man who is just doing what he believes is right. Scout also shows signs of racism throughout the novel. She is still a young girl and doesn’t understand what she says when she is being racist.
Jem a shipshape son Everyone knows Jem from To Kill a Mockingbird, but do you? How well do you know Jem? To Kill a Mockingbird is a story about the deep south told through a young girl's perspective, a perspective of innocence written by Harper Lee. Jem plays an important role in To Kill a Mockingbird, because he had his dreams broken at a young age.
Atticus realizes Bob Ewell's determination to retaliate on him for defending an African American during the trial. However, Atticus still sincerely understands Bob Ewell's perspective and attempts to find goodness in it. After Jem asks for Atticus's reasoning regarding his forgiveness of Bob, Atticus points out: "Jem, if you can stand in Bob Ewell's shoes a minute. I destroyed his last bit of credibility at that trial, if he had any to begin with. The man had to have some kind of comeback, his kind always does..."(292)
She is immediately punished by Uncle Jack, and she is fuming with anger. She states, “When Jem an’ I fuss Atticus doesn’t ever just listen to Jem’s side of it, he hears mine too” (113). Thus, Atticus allows everyone to give input, and he thinks before coming up with a punishment. On the contrary, Jack heard one side of the story and punished Scout without thinking much at all. Another key example is when Mrs. Dubose confronts the kids about Atticus.
That’s how that single camellia was left for Jem after Mrs. Dubose died. Lee helps establish the theme of revenge comes with consequences by using external conflict. An external conflict is a conflict between a character and an outside force. In a character vs. character conflict, it’s called an interpersonal conflict, a branch in the external conflict category. One example of Lee illustrating the theme is when Bob Ewell harrases Tom Robinson’s wife, Helen.
but then Jem says, “Don't do that, Scout. Set him on the back steps (Lee 319). After Jem says that Scout asks him why he didn't want her to smash it and Jem says, “Because they don’t bother you, Jem answered in the darkness. He had turned out his reading light.”
Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird is about a man named Atticus and his two kids Jem and Scout. Atticus was appointed to defend an African American, named Tom Robinson. Tom was accused by Bob Ewell for raping and beating his daughter, Mayellea Ewell. During the trial scene, everyone in that courtroom finds outs the truth that Tom is innocent against the accusations from Bob. The truth is that Mayella kissed Tom and Bob saw what she did.