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
People like Mayella do nothing but good, until the are trapped in a heavy conflict with no way out. In her novel “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Harper Lee creates symbolic mockingbirds, characters who are harmed even though they are innocent. Mayella Ewell represents a symbolic mockingbird, because she has to overcome a rough home life. First, Mayella is forced to
Atticus says “it’s a sin to kill mockingbird”because all they do is“make music for us to enjoy . . . [they] sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” The title is referring to Boo Radley and Tom Robinson neither did anything wrong yet they were criticized for it.
Lack Of Empathy Leads To An Imbalance Of Power: Former president Barack Obama once stated, “It’s the lack of empathy that makes it very easy for us to plunge into wars.” Obama infers that when people lose empathy for others, they lose the ability to understand others, which is a key emotion that helps people to interact with others. Furthermore, his quote connects to Marxism, a literary theory involving an imbalance of power. In the story “To Kill A Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, the characters’ experiences prove to the reader the significance that a lack of empathy can cause to the balance of power. An application of Marxism reveals that an imbalance of authoritative power is caused by a lack of empathy. Harper Lee creates Boo Radley as one of the symbols in the story to represent an archetype of a kind soul who is neglected by society.
Harper Lee illustrated Tom Robinson as a kind, church-going man. However, the town sees him as a criminal who took advantage of Mayella Ewell. The citizens of Maycomb felt that Atticus should not bother defending him because he did not deserve it. They made their disapproval known by making whispers about both Atticus and Tom Robinson, advertising a new cartoon modeled after Atticus, and assembling a mob to attack Tom Robinson in jail (Lee chapter 12).Mrs. Dubose was one of those citizens who was not afraid to make her opinion known, even to Jem and Scout, telling them, “Yes indeed, what has this world come to when a Finch goes against his raising?
An Enotes certified educator says it best when she states, "…Boo Radley is discriminated against due to beliefs formed about him based on rumors." (K.H. Tamara 1). For these reasons, it is clear that Lee is commentating on the intolerance of people who did not fit in with everyone else, and how it is essentially unacceptable to be different. Secondly, Racial discrimination is prevalent throughout the novel.
Sylvester Stallone once said, “The biggest and most interesting crisis in the world is the human crisis… You don’t need a gimmick, it’s just man against man and their intolerance of each other.” This intolerance is shown throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. It leads to inhumanity, loss of childhood innocence and loneliness, all of which are key themes that the characters in the novel experience. Inhumanity is defined by Mr Dolphus Raymond as, “The simple hell people give other people” (P 222). In the novel, inhumanity is the root of many people’s loneliness and the origin of many children’s loss of innocence. Jem and Scout are taught a very different, and more humane, way of treating people, regardless of how different the person may be, by their father, Atticus.
In this essay these four characters will be examined on their quality of character. In the novel How To Kill A Mockingbird, Stephanie Crawford is an unsatisfactory role model for the young characters of the book such as Scout and Jem. Stephanie is portrayed as the neighbourhood gossip, shown when the author writes “Miss Stephanie Crawford said some of the town council had told Mr.Radley that if he didn’t take boo back, he would die of mold from the damp.” (Lee. 14) This example shows how Stephanie spreads
In the novel “Of Mice and Men” the theme of social injustice is presented by John Steinbeck through the characters of Lennie, Curley’s wife, and Crooks. By examining the theme of social injustice one can be taught that treating someone based on their mental capability, gender, or race is wrong. Rather treat them base on the person they are on the
It is proven that racial prejudice has the greatest negative effect on society as it hurts people and makes them feel completely unwanted. In To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, racial prejudice has the greatest negative effect on its victims just as it did to Tom Robinson and Calpurnia. There are different types of prejudice portrayed in this novel, but racial prejudice has made the greatest effect. It ultimately lowered all of its victim’s self-esteem. Along with making their life seem less valuable in their own eyes.
Would you agree it would be horrible if not sinful to harm something good and innocent like perhaps a mockingbird? In the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Atticus, the narrator’s father, says “Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (pg.119) when telling her what she can and can’t shoot with her new air gun. Scout tells us that Atticus never says something is a sin; so why would he say that maybe to teach her it’s bad to harm a good and innocent creature. Atticus’s quote means more than just it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird but that it is wrong to harm or kill something that is innocent and does only good. The mockingbird is just a symbol of something that does only good because they don’t nest where they aren’t wanted; they don’t