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To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD ESSAY To Kill a Mockingbird is an astounding portrayal of Southern tradition and human dignity, a novel whose themes and lessons transcends time and place. Throughout the novel there is a battle between justice and prejudice. In the end, good conquers evil in that the reader and the characters learn life lessons about how discrimination is present in the world today and how one can take a stand to stop it. Throughout the novel, it is apparent that the prejudiced sense of integrity is very strong in the town of Maycomb. After Nathan Radley shoots at an unknown figure in his backyard, he says, "got another barrel waiting for the next sound I hear in that patch.... be it dog or nigger." By denying Negro's humanity, and neglecting the rights all humans should possess, Mr. ...read more.


Contradictory to the rest of Maycomb, Atticus's sense of integrity is constructed from his morals of truth and justice rather from prejudice and bigotry. Atticus, no matter what stands in his way, follows his individually moral sense of integrity. Atticus's sense of integrity unites mankind. The theme of justice and courage is brought about by Atticus, who was the anchor of reason in Maycomb. His courage gave him enough strength to endure the ridicule that arose from his decision to defend a black man in a segregated area. He was one of the few respectable people who were not blinded by the racial injustice Tom Robinson faced. A great deal of courage is shown by Atticus after he was spat on by Bob Ewell. It took courage for Atticus to stay calm, and not fight back. ...read more.


At the end of the book, the two mockingbirds collide, as Boo kills Bob Ewell, in a scuffle between Bob and the Finch children. As Heck Tate says "There's a black boy dead for no reason, and the man responsible for it's dead. Let the dead bury the dead...". When Boo kills Bob Ewell at the end, it rehashes the idea that the innocent should not suffer in the hands of the powerful. A point that sums up the main theme of the book is that of what Atticus said: "You have to learn what life is like in other people's skin before you can make any judgment about them." Unfortunately in the novel, the majority of Maycomb believed that their judgments were correct, resulting in many people getting hurt in the process. After reading the book, one can easily believe that if everybody took that step in their lives, this world would be a better place. Fran�ienne Duncan ...read more.

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