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Observation Of Morals In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Harper Lee deftly weaves plot in her novel To Kill a Mockingbird by inserting the overarching theme of moral conviction and development, as well as spindling in symbolism, to construct the conflicting moral views present in her brilliant tapestry that is To Kill a Mockingbird. Throughout the novel, the reader sees Atticus Finch standing tall and firma as the novel’s moral backbone- rooted deeply in his moral convictions and willing to subject himself and his family to scrutiny to protect innocence. His foil, Bob Ewell, quickly asserts himself as the symbol for decay, routinely diving deeper into his pit of moral filth. Observing the tumult is Scout, Atticus’ young daughter who is ...view middle of the document...

A poverty stricken man, Ewell beats his daughter Mayella after finding her trying to seduce Tom, and then passes it off as if Tom had beat her. He knows the truth but won’t testify. Ewell knows the truth but will not testify, and takes his daughter to court to testify against Tom as ‘the blind leading the blind’. Following Atticus’ defense of Tom, Ewell feels made a fool of, and allows himself to seek into his deepest moral pit yet and attacks Jem and Scout on their way home one night. ‘Boo’ Radley, the town’s recluse, heroically intervenes and ends up accidentally killing Ewell in the process of defending Scout and Jem. Embodying moral decay, Ewell stands as the evil that kills innocence, lacking even the slightest bit of moral conscience.
Watching the tumult of the times is Scout Finch, Atticus Finch’s young daughter. She is in her formative years, beginning the novel around 6 years of age and ending it around 9 years old. The reader looks on as her character starts off the novel with many questions and a socially-implanted prejudiced view of ‘Boo’ Radley. Amidst the novel’s mainframe she observes the prejudices of deep southern society, the obvious innocence of Tom Robinson, and becomes specially acquainted with ‘Boo’ Radley. Nearing the end of the novel, the reader notices her more developed sense of right and wrong, and an affectionate view of Radley that shows how she has grown emotionally, mentally, and spiritually. She has ‘come of age’ a bit and has moved past simply accepting widely accepted social opinions and is now thinking for herself. Always a free spirit, Scout has now learned the importance of seeing people for who they truly are, not as society sees them, and not making rash, blind judgments.
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