To Kill a Mockingbird
To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee is an ageless classic that takes place during the 1930s.In the town of Maycomb, Alabama, there was a deadly racism towards the people who were black in the town.In a town of hatred towards these people, Atticus and Scout stood out with open minds, always willing to help their fellow man.
Atticus was the man of reason in Maycomb. He understood many people in town and taught his children how to respect people’s feelings.Atticus believed that if you knew what someone had been through, then you would understand them better.Atticus also made Jem and Scout realize that no one is pure evil; meaning that if you look hard enough, you would find that there is good in every person you meet.Mrs. Dubose, who was perceived as an “old witch” by Jem and Scout, showed great bravery in her fight against drug addiction.Atticus believed Jem would change his opinions of Mrs. Dubose if he spends some time with her.Only after Mrs. Dubose’s death did Jem begin to perceive Mrs. Dubose the same way his father did.Likewise Atticus defended Tom Robinson when no other lawyer would.He was one of the few respectable people who were not blinded by the racial injustice Tom Robinson faced.Not only did Atticus defend Tom in the courthouse, he defended him at jail on one occasion too.It happened when an angry mob was trying to kill Tom Robinson, but Atticus risked his life to save him from that mob.If only the people of Maycomb were willing to listen to Atticus’ wise advice, then the town would be free of racism.
Scout, symbolizing the leaders of tomorrow, began to see how other people perceived things.She started to understand the meaning of “to kill a mockingbird.”Atfirst Scout couldn’t comprehend what Atticus meant when he said, “It was a sin to kill a mockingbird.”As the novel progressed, Scout begun to realize how people contributed to the community…