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Acrimonious Essay

753 words - 4 pages

“To Kill a Mockingbird” is a life changing book. Harper Lee has a lot of lessons that are weaved throughout the entire story. The message in the story is universal meaning it can be related to everyone. The symbolism highlights the key messages. Prejudice, in a sense, casts a shadow of two particular characters: Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, and the Cunningham’s and Elwell families.
Boo Radley is portrayed as a villain when no one really understands him. In retrospect, Miss Maudie was indifferent to the bias, “I remember when Arthur Radley when he was boy. He always spoke nicely to me, no matter what his folks said he did” (Lee 46). Miss Maudie, unlike the other characters in the story, is sympathetic towards Boo and understands he’s a good person. There’s a lot of prejudice and judgement inflicted towards Boo Radley, but no one really understands him. In the movie Jem’s pants were stuck to the fence so he left them, yet when he came back they were hung on the fence. This shows that Boo Radley isn’t really that ill-hearted man everyone depicts him as. I think this event was a turning point in the movie. You can also see how Jem’s perspective changed from the beginning of the story. In the beginning of the novel Jem, Scout, and Dill try to get Boo Radley out of his house. It’s actions like this that cause Boo Radley to isolate himself from the old town of Maycomb, but he still helped after he taunted him.. So, is Boo Radley a good person or not?
“Maycomb County had recently been told that it had nothing to fear but fear itself”( Lee 6). President Franklin D. Roosevelt said this in his inaugural speech during the Great Depression. The Cunninghams and Elwell were two of the most poorest families in Maycomb. Since the time period was during the Great Depression everyone was struggling, especially them. In the story they discuss how poor they were, “He had probably never seen three quarters at the same time in his whole life” ( Lee 20). The prejudice in these families are that they are looked down upon by society....

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