To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

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The theme I choose to discuss from the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, is that most people are likeable once you get to know them, the first example I wish to discuss is the Boo Radley case, I wish to discuss this because everybody judges him by one person's opinion, except nobody knows him, the second case is when Jem and Scout think that Mrs. Dubose is a mean lady because she yells at them and calls Atticus names, and the third case I wish to discuss is when Tom Robinson gets accused of raping Mayella Ewell and everybody that was on the jury committed Tom guilty because it was a black mans word against a white man's word. Nobody was there to see it happen, so everybody is legible for a fair trial. The fourth case I wish to discuss is that people around the neighbourhood judge Dill as a bad kid because he moves from father to father. You can't judge a book by it's cover.This novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee takes place in a Southern Alabama town called Maycomb. This is set in the depression era during the 1930's. The narrator of this novel is Jean-Louise Finch (Scout) and she tells the audience about her family and encounters in Maycomb. Jean-Louise Finch (Scout) narrates in this book from the ages of five to ten. Everybody judges Boo Radley by one person's opinion because Miss. Stephanie tells her opinions to other people, which are rumours, she tells the neighbourhood kids that Boo Radley stabbed his father in the leg with scissors, "he was in a gang and had to go to jail for charges such as disorderly conduct, disturbing the peace, assault and battery, and using abusive and profane language in hearing or presence of a female" (pg.10). This quotation shows how Miss. Stephanie accuses Boo Radley of things he did not commit, she tells the neighbourhood kids these accusations and they believe her. Another rumour that she spreads is that "Boo Radley dined on raw squirrels and when he did so you could never wash the blood off, his eyes popped and he drooled most of the time. (pg.13). This quotation shows that the kids believe what Miss. Stephanie says and how radical her accusations are. The second case I wish to discuss is when Mrs. Dubose yells at Jem and Scout and calls them rotten kids who don't respect their elders. She can't say that about them because she does not know them. Mrs. Dubose only sees Jem and Scout walking across the street. The only time they were rotten kids to her was when Jem cut Mrs. Dubose's dandelion heads off with his baton. The only reason he did this was because whenever Scout or he walked by her house, Mrs. Dubose would call Atticus names because he was defending Tom Robinson in court. In return of cutting her flowers Jem and Scout had to read to her for two hours a day. Soon after that she died and Scout and Jem found out that she was a courageous women because she was a morphine addict, in attempt to rejuvenate from quitting she would start to have seizures. The definition of courageous...

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