“Never judge a book by its cover”. That is a phrase that perfectly corresponds with what the theme in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird is. To Kill A Mockingbird is a critically acclaimed novel about racial discrimination inside Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s. The protagonist in the novel is surprisingly a 6 year old girl named Scout Finch. In summary, this fictional novel gives insights on the environment in white town during the post Civil War eras that ultimately lead to a black man named Tom Robinson being wrongly accused of a rape crime. This leads to the town’s most known lawyer, Atticus, which happens to be the protagonist’s dad, to attempt to help Tom Robinson get a fair trial to prove his innocence. Throughout the whole book, we are able to read about the Finch family’s adventures of living in a racist-filled environment and how well they react to them initially and ultimately. Being just a child at the time, it is hard for Scout Finch to understand what’s really going on in the town of Maycomb and why people have turned against her family. The novel is written in the form of flashbacks, with the story beginning when Scout was only 6 years old and ending when she is 9 years old. In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout’s transformation from naive to mature as the novel progresses is evidenced …show more content…
Tom Robinson is caught kissing a white woman from Maycomb named Mayella Ewell. To prevent being frowned upon by the local citizens, she instead said that Tom Robinson raped her even though that was far from the truth. He’s taken into trial with the help of Atticus, and the case is unarguably one of the factors that help further the theme of innocence in Scout’s view. Atticus is determined to help Tom, even if it means that the citizens will turn against his own family because “killing a mockingbird is a sin.” As events progress, Scout is taught that discrimination solely because someone is “different” is
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Jem, Scout, and Dill’s innocence is destroyed causing them to lose their carefree and happy self after witnessing the ignorance and racism against the African-American citizens in their hometown of Maycomb. Prior to the traumatic events, the children believe everyone in Maycomb is friendly. They did not realize the racism occurring in their town until Tom Robinson’s trial. After spectating the Tom Robinson trial, the children’s view of some of the people in their town change because of their hatred against black and the injustice in the courtroom. Tom is a black man convicted of raping a white girl and despite the evidences that are on Robinson’s side, he is found guilty and is sentenced to
To Kill a Mockingbird is set in a small Alabama town in the 1930s being narrated by a six-year-old white girl named Jean Louise Finch or Scout as everyone calls her. She is the daughter of Atticus Finch, a lawyer defending Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. Scout has a brother named Jem, who is four years older and plays a major role in helping Scout deal with the events surrounding the trial. Although the children’s father establishes great defense, Tom Robinson is convicted and sentenced to hang; however, Tom is shot while trying to escape. The story takes place over a three-year period, a time in which Jem and Scout learn about racism, prejudice, and moral issues (Shields
Mia Ruan #14230 Mrs. Willshire English 9, Period 5 17 February 2023 Scout began as a young, playful, and innocent girl who was then pushed to fit into societal expectations and go through harsh events such as the Tom Robinson trial which caused her to have the need to blend into Maycomb society and learn to live maturely. Harper Lee in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird through the character of Scout shows how growing up in a problematic community and having to go through rough events at a young age causes children to grow up too fast and lose the innocence of their childhood. Scout is initially reckless, a tomboy, emotionally driven, and spends most of her time playing with boys which to most of the people in Maycomb is not normal behavior
When Scout is concerned about the fact that his image might become tarnished due to Maycomb’s racist ideology, Atticus assures her he is doing the morally right thing by supporting the case: “‘This case, Tom Robinson’s case, is something that goes to the essence of a man’s conscience – Scout, I couldn’t go to church and worship God if I didn’t try to help that man’” (Lee …). Atticus Finch, a man of strong moral values and principles, risks his reputation to take on the challenge of defending Tom Robinson. He does this not out of pity or obligation, but from a true sense of Christian duty and righteousness. Even despite the devastating odds, he advocates for justice in a case that is heavily tainted by racism and prejudice.
We are born ignorant, with no knowledge, for a reason. We need to earn it; we need to experience it. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a novel based around a 6 year-old girl named Scout. It takes place in the 1930’s right in the middle of the Great Depression. In the book, Scout turns from an inexperienced child to a mature young lady.
Tom Robinson is a young African-American who's been accused of raping and abusing Mayella Ewell, a young and closeted white woman. Racial discrimination is hinted throughout Tom’s trial as Atticus Finch explains to Jem that a white man’s word will always win over that of a black man’s - "... In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins. They're ugly, but those are the facts of life" (220). Atticus explains to Jem that in the courts of Maycomb, a black man’s state of innocence or guilt is truly determined by a white man’s testimony.
Do you know when you started to understand things in a more mature way than before? Well, in the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, we can see how individual characters start to see things in a more mature way as they grow up and experience different things. In this book, we follow the main character Scout who is 6 with her 10-year-old brother Jem and their father Atticus in a small town in Alabama. Scout and Jem spend most of their time in school or messing around the mysterious Radley house with their friend Dill during the summer. Then, there is a court trial that shocks and affects the whole town.
Tom Robinson is a black man who is wrongfully convicted of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell. This novel goes through Scout's life from when she was 6, till she is 9. She lives in the town of Maycomb Alabama, and lives an innocent life until about halfway through the story, where she begins to ask questions. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout shows the readers that racial inequality creates an unjust society through the African American community, through the people surrounding colored folks, and through Tom Robinson’s Case. The first example of the consequences of racial inequality is the African American community in Maycomb.
Racism means hate towards another race and injustice mean unfair treatment, according to learner 's dictionary. In Just Mercy, Bryan Stevenson, an African american lawyer, was helping people get justice for the colored community. Another book similar to Just Mercy is, To Kill a Mockingbird, which made in 1960 was written by Harper Lee. Harper Lee addressed many issues about racial injustice too. Just Mercy was written in 2014,
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”(Lee 30). These are the words of Atticus Finch, the wisest character in the famous novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. He is a fictional man that embodies human traits that all people should strive to emulate. In the novel; narrated by Atticus’ daughter Jean Louise Finch, more often referred to as Scout; Atticus defends a black man, Tom Robinson, who has been accused of raping a white female, Mayella Ewell. The main message of the text is the prominence of racial injustice, specifically in the 1930’s, the era the novel takes place in.
Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that show the life of a southern state od Alabama during the “black racism” time period, where majority of the people had the mentality that (quote) with the exception of a few. To chosen to portray it from the eyes of Scout Finch, from a child’s point of view. Living in Maycomb, in the midst of a conservative society of the 1930’s and 20’s Southern America Scout Finch is an extra ordinary child.
To Kill A Mockingbird Themes “‘You never really understand a person until you consider his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it’” (Lee 39). This quote from the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee includes many characters who suffer from the Great Depression and other conflicts that break out in the town of Maycomb. Racism, poverty, and domestic violence attend in the book and continue their way through to create rising conflict between the people of Maycomb county. Atticus Finch is a lawyer of Maycomb and a father of two children, Jean Louise Finch, also known as Scout, and Jem Finch.
Tom Robinson is portrayed by a Mockingbird because Mockingbirds do not harm others, they only sing for us. Tom is wrongly accused of raping a white woman, Mayella Ewell, when in actuality he is a helpful, hardworking, and honest man who was helping Mayella with her chores around the house. Tom Robinson does not hurt Mayella Ewell in any way but he does dare to feel sorry for her because of her loneliness and financial state which is why he was willing to help her around the house. Tom Robinson’s pity on Mayella Ewell is seen as unfathomable and is not accepted by the court. As shown on page 197, ”’
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee teaches us about the town of Maycomb County during the late 1930s, where the characters live in isolation and victimization. Through the perspective of a young Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, readers will witness the prejudice that Maycomb produces during times where people face judgement through age, gender, skin colour, and class, their whole lives. Different types of prejudice are present throughout the story and each contribute to how events play out in the small town of Maycomb. Consequently, socially disabling the people who fall victim from living their life comfortably in peace. Boo Radley and his isolation from Maycomb County, the racial aspects of Tom Robinson, and the decision Atticus Finch makes as a lawyer, to defend a black man has all made them fall in the hands of Maycomb’s prejudice ways.