Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mocking Bird".

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In Harper Lee's "To Kill a Mocking Bird" nothing is what it first appears to be. I believe this is one of the reasons the book was written. It was a hidden theme in the book that was some times hard to see and other times obvious. But everyone puts on appearances that differ from reality to maintain societal codes.People want to maintain societal codes because it makes them feel safe. Many people in history and in "To Kill a Mockingbird" like the way things are. And people will do anything to keep that order. The Jury for example, knew that Tom Robinson was innocent but if they voted him innocent the town would have gone mad. People would have rioted and people would have gotten killed. Mr. Cunningham almost saw the light, which is what held up the jury for so long, but he was afraid of what would happen if he did so he voted Tom was guilty. Everyone doesn't want to face reality and they try so hard to keep things the way they are.Another example of this is when Boo Radely tries to make contact with Jem and Scout. He wants so badly to talk to someone that he even tries to make contact with kids. He leaves little presents for the kids in the tree trying to make friends with them. But Mr. Radely does not trust Boo, and wants Boo to be locked so that he cannot hurt the family name anymore than he already has so that he put cement in the tree to prevent Boo from making contact with the kids.Every one in the town wants things they way they are no matter how bad they are including the Blacks of the town. When Scout and Jem go with Calpurnia to her church some of the members and friends of Calpurnia were angry at her. They had a system of order, they got the church on Sundays and the White men in the town got the church to gamble in on the weekdays. But they felt that the children were violating this system. Along with almost everyone at the time they couldn't accept that whites and blacks could share something at the same time and get along. Even Calpurnia talked differently because she felt it was safer to talk that way in the presence of her friends.A lot of times people act differently so that they can keep things the way they are, which makes them feel safe. Some times change is good, and sometimes change is not so good. People think that if they can help something to stay they way it is they will try all they can to keep it that way. Some change is needed thought, like a jury choosing a white man over a black man no matter what the evidence is, in the case of "To Kill a Mocking Bird" which is what Atticus was trying to do in Tom Robisons case. But as Atticus knew one case wasn't going to change the people of Maycomb and that it would take a bunch of cases like Tom Robison's case and lots of...

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