Boo Radley is judged for being an evil person who is said to eat children, but ends up being a good person who cares for and protects them. From a child who regretted judging Boo radley from what she has heard, she says,“‘Atticus, he was real nice’... ‘Most people are Scout, when you finally see them.’”(Lee 376) Boo Radley is a mystery to the citizens of Maycomb and a phantom to the children. Although his looks and actions might be deceptive because he is the only one in Maycomb who spends his life inside closed doors, he is actually a caring, selfless human. Tom Robinson is accused of sexual harrassing another character in the novel named
As Atticus told Scout to now listen to what others are saying and to be nice and be equal to everyone, Atticus did not want Jem and scout to be like all the other kids. This quote relates very well because Atticus tells them that to not be like the other kids and to be equal it shows how the parent has powerful influences over the child and not friends. Clearly, this is agreeable going both ways as in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird and in real life friends that can have powerful influences than a parent. The situation with Arthur in the novel goes well with how he has more powerful influences with friends than with parents. In today’s world, it can be very different depending on the situations, but, the older they get, the more they agree with their friends idea and parents don’t have a powerful influence
Meanwhile, the evidence shows that himself was committing these bad crimes to his very own daughter. Not only did Bob Ewell committed a sinful act against his family, he blamed his actions on someone else. Obviously, his actions display how he committed evil actions. In addition, he fought and harassed people who he opposed of. This includes Tom’s lawyer and his family, his own family, and townspeople.
For example, “’When a child asks you something, answer him, for goodness sake. … but they can spot an evasion quicker than adults, and evasion simply muddles ‘em’” (116). This shows he is a good parent because he does not run in circles, as Uncle Jack was doing in the scene before with Scout. It is evident he does not believe in dodging difficult questions his children may have. My second example is, “’What’s rape?’ I asked him that night … and said rape was carnal knowledge of a female by force and without consent” (180).
Cole thought to himself, “Circle justice was a bunch of bull.” (6) Coles had a rough life and not getting consequences for his mistakes this is the reason why Cole is a bully and very mean. During the Circle Justice meeting Cole tells his dad, “you’re usually too drunk to know your own name.” (48) Cole's mom looks pretty and perfect like a barbie doll but is too scared and won't stand up for Cole. (9) Like everyone, Cole still has his
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?
Since Atticus was teaching not only his children, but also his enemies empathy, people started to change for the better. After the trial, people started to see what Bob Ewell was truly capable of, and he lost the little bit of respect the town had for him. People started to empathize for Tom Robinson, realizing that he was actually innocent and that he didn’t deserve the punishment he received. For example, Tom Robinson pitied Mayella and it added to the reason of why he was convicted. Being a black man, it was wrong for him to pity someone “above” him, even if she was a squalid, poor white girl.
In that time, there were many heavy social standards and one of those standards was accepting Jim Crow. One example of one person not being able to combat Jim Crow due to the social pressure was in the book To Kill A Mockingbird. One of the characters, Dolphus Raymond, liked hanging out with black people and was friends with them. He knew that there was pressure against it, so he took the cowardly way out by pretending to be drunk as an excuse to hang out with them. The fictional character of Mr. Raymond is a great embodiment of the mental state of the silent few in America that knew that Jim Crow was wrong, but didn’t have the means or willpower to end it.
They try to escape but Jem’s arm gets broken and he is unconscious for the rest of the novel. Luckily, they are rescued by Boo Radley and are taken home where Jem gets treated. Bob Ewell figured that attacking Atticus’s children was the next best thing to hurting him, since he was too much of a coward to do it directly. He had a grudge against Atticus for doing a good job of defending a black man, which was unthinkable given the status of black people during that time period. Through this, Scout learns firsthand about hatred.
Even thus early had the child saved her from Satan’s snare.” This passage further supports the previous evidence, and it suggests that Pearl will continue to save Hester throughout the text. Although some may say that Hester, because she is not very caring, should not be able to keep Pearl, they are mistaken. Because of her crime, Hester is learning many lessons which she can pass on to Pearl. “‘this badge hath taught be,it daily teaches me,it is teaching me at this moment,lessons whereof my child may be the wiser and better…”’ Others who have not sinned may not be able to teach Pearl lessons such as these. Teaching Pearl these lessons for her to be wiser and better is Hester caring for Pearl.