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The Affect Of Evil Actions Essay

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In Harper Lee’s immortal novel To Kill A Mockingbird, one person’s initial wrongdoing released a torrent of evil in the sleepy Alabama town of Macomb.
Each individual person has a different view of evil that governs how they live. For example to Atticus and Miss Maudie, it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember, it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (pg 119) Miss Maudie goes on to explain that mockingbirds don’t do anything but sing and they don’t do any of the annoying or disruptive things that other birds do. This isn’t just about killing a mockingbird, it’s about taking advantage of someone who hasn’t done anything to you and can’t ...view middle of the document...

When Jem protested, Atticus said “A mob’s always made up of people, no matter what. Mr. Cunningham was part of a mob last night but he was still a man. Every mob in every little Southern town is always made up of people...” (pg 210) That night at the jail, Scout looked around the mob of angry men for a friendly face and she found Mr. Cunningham. She began to talk to him about his son and entailments looking for someway to make conversation with him. At first he looked at her impassively but eventually squatted down to her level and talked to her, then he told all the other men to leave. Scout’s talking to him made him turn back into a person instead of just a member of the mob. He realized what he had been doing had been wrong and he realized that he was a good person.
One person’s attempt to right a wrongdoing, can often be seen as a wrongdoing by the initial wrongdoer. When Atticus tried to right the wrong the Ewells had done to Tom Robinson by defending him, Bob Ewell thought that Atticus was trying to make a fool out of him. Ewell had shown himself to be a liar in court but Atticus made both him and his daughter look like outright fools by interrogating him before the court. Mayella Ewell was not accustomed to polite conversation and when Atticus called her things such as “Ma’am” or “Miss Mayella” she thought he was mocking her.
Different people had different views of who belonged in the community. To Jem, “There’s four kinds of folks in the world. There’s the ordinary kind like us and the...

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