To Kill a Mockingbird Virtual Essay Nikki Henkel

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

Wisdom

Wisdom can get you far in life

The mockingbird (symbol), Atticus and Calpurnia (main characters)

Calpurnia and Atticus look at things from other people’s views, the mockingbird symbolizes wisdom because no one harms them because they don’t harm anyone

Calpurnia and Atticus look at things from other people’s views, the mockingbird symbolizes wisdom because no one harms them because they don’t harm anyone. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses Atticus Finch, Calpurnia and a mockingbird to display the theme of wisdom throughout the book.
Atticus says, “People in their right minds never take pride in their talents” (Lee 112).

Atticus demonstrates wisdom in the book because he is very humble, and he doesn’t show off his talents.

Atticus says in the courtroom, “It’s not for me to say, but I’ll tell you this much. He was one of your Old Sarum friends..” (Lee 253).

He’s is proud of his talents inside and out of the courtroom, but he does not show them off because he doesn’t believe it’s right.

Atticus and Calpurnia represent the theme of wisdom because they try and look at other’s perspectives and put themselves in their shoes, and they think it’s wrong to judge other’s because of their differences.

Atticus is speaking to Scout, “Don’t say nigger Scout. That’s common.... ‘s what everybody at school says... From now on it’ll be everybody less one” (Lee 85).

Calpurnia says to Scout, “There’s some folks who don’t eat like us, but you ain’t called on to contradict ‘em at the table when they don’t” (Lee 27).

Being wise involves not being biased. This is a big deal in the book because of racism and the social classes during the Great Depression.

Miss Maudie and Scout demonstrate the theme of wisdom because of the mockingbirds, which also symbolizes the theme.

Miss Maudie says, “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy..They don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 103).

Scout is talking to her father, “Well, it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it” (Lee 317).

The mockingbird symbolizes Tom in some aspects and how he did no harm to anyone, but is being punished.

PERSONAL CONNECTION

In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses Atticus Finch, Calpurnia and a mockingbird to display the theme of wisdom throughout the book.

Wisdom in TKAM: not following everyone else’s thoughts
Taking the time to understand a situation before jumping to a conclusion.

Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. New York: Warner, 1982. Print.

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