• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Show the part played in the book by Arthur Boo Radley and my opinion on the true hero of "To kill a Mockingbird".

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

To Kill A Mockingbird The purpose of this essay is to show the part played in the book by Arthur Boo Radley and my opinion on the true hero of "To kill a Mockingbird". In the following essay I will discuss my opinion of who the true hero is and why I have such an opinion. The main themes that have ran through the whole novel are the coexistence of good and evil, issues such as the racist issues, moral and social issues also, and prejudices. Scout Finch, the narrator, lives with her brother Jem and their father Atticus Finch. The first main story of the novel is that of Arthur Boo Radley. The children become fascinated with this man has he has been leaving presents in a tree for them to collect, and hasn't ventured outside his house for over four years. As they grow older they soon begin to forget their superstitions as they find out about the other major story of the novel, Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is a black man accused of raping a young white woman. ...read more.

Middle

Boo was once an intelligent child, but progressed into the shy character that is shown in the book, because of constant abuse at the hands of his father. Boo provides an example of the threat that evil poses to innocence and goodness. The story shows how such characters as Boo Radley are not prepared for the evil that they encounter, and, as a result they are destroyed inside. The children learnt a lot from thinking of Boo Radley, as they grew and progressed through life. Their attitude towards him also changed throughout the story. Boo is one of the novels main "mockingbirds"; a good person injured by the evil of mankind. Atticus Finch is one of the major characters within the book. He is a lawyer who possesses important qualities such as wisdom and intelligence and because of these qualities he is respected by everyone within Maycomb County, especially the Black community. He functions as the moral backbone of Maycomb, and as a person the people of the town look up to and aspire to. These qualities soon turn him into a figure of hate, as he agrees to defend Tom Robinson. ...read more.

Conclusion

He passes this moral lesson onto Scout. Atticus says many wise things within the novel. One of the most important quotes is "You never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view....until you climb into his skin and walk around in it". This quotation was said to Scout in an attempt to make her develop an understanding towards other peoples feelings, and at the end of the book she understands Boo Radleys perspective. Another important quote within the book is "remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird". This quote provides the source of the title and one of the key metaphors within the book. Atticus Finch has ethical values and has many moral stances. He practices accountability meaning he truly understands his influence upon issues and situations that surround him. As a lawyer, a father and also a member of society, Atticus has an obligation to uphold to society and I believe he does so in a heroic way. In conclusion, I feel that both characters have pivotal roles within the novel. However, in my opinion, I believe Atticus Finch to be the true hero as he provides the novel with various issues that make him a respectable heroic man, and the real hero of "To kill a Mockingbird". ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Harper Lee section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Harper Lee essays

  1. To Kill a Mockingbird Notes - Characters, Themes & Quotes

    Part of the way it is structures is we learn, like Scout, as the novel proceeds. * Lee uses personification, when Scout refers to the fence as " a picket drunkenly guarded the front yard" and the house as "droopy and sick" * Lee uses imagery to establish a charcter,

  2. To Kill a Mockingbird. In this essay, one will analyse the character of ...

    In the novel, Boo's character represents innocence (a mockingbird) and how even the good hearted can be corrupted by the people around them. In this essay, one will analyse the character of Arthur Radley (Boo) and discuss how he is displayed to the audience.

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird Imagery and Symbolism

    "Bit by bit I told him the day's misfortunes - and she said you taught me all wrong, so we can't ever read any more ever. Please don't send me back, please sir" Chapter 3 (pg 33) "First of all" he said "if you can learn a simple trick Scout, you'll get along better with all kinds of folks.

  2. To Kill a Mockingbird Lit Review

    He had not made a sound."(277) Being alone for many years, Boo had become accustomed to his lonely life, and being around others was almost foreign to him. c) Boo Radley was one of the "mockingbirds" in this book. When he was young, he did things that were considered unacceptable in the eyes of society.

  1. Another person who is represented by a mockingbird is Boo Radley

    lost the case of Tom Robinson. Atticus helped his children to learn values of life and he showed them how to live life by the values; preaching by practicing. Atticus allowed his children to call him by his name instead of 'father'.

  2. A hero is a person noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, ...

    Bravery is a key attribute of Scout Finch. This might be because how innocent she is, but as you move through the novel she begins to become much more mature and as her maturity progresses, the more courageous she seems to become.

  1. To Kill A Mockingbird Full Summary

    The Ewell children only need to come to school for the first day, and then the town will overlook the fact that they are absent even though schooling is mandatory for all children. Likewise, Mr. Ewell is allowed to hunt out of season because he is known to be an

  2. In what way does the symbol of a Mockingbird relate to the characters of ...

    We know that Tom Robinson was found guilty to the charge of Rape to Mayella Ewell.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work