Post 3: Analysis
The novel To Kill A Mockingbird is a very impactful and detailed story. The main character Scout goes through many trials and adventures throughout the story. Scout’s family (the Finches) consist of Jem and Atticus, along with Aunt Alexandra and Uncle Jack all spend time within Maycomb and experience the historical time period. Atticus is faced with the biggest burden, raising 2 kids without a mother and has to go outside the conformity of society to defend Tom Robbinson, a black man, in a case against a white girl named Mayella. Scout spends most of her time in Maycomb learning and experiencing the moral values of her father and those in the town she interacts with. Her brother Jem helps her along the way and assumes the role of her protector because when Atticus isn’t around he is the man of the house. Scout struggles with balancing her assumed adult role because of her overexposure to the unsensitized town in which we see in the novel. For example Bob Ewell doesn’t shy away from using racial slurs and profiling around not only his children, of which there are many, but anyone present. This novel’s theme It is a sin to kill a mockingbird presents itself in many ways, Atticus himself says to Scout "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corncribs, the only thing they do is sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." There are multiple types of mockingbirds within the story, the physical bird and an innocent character. Many characters can be identified as mockingbirds which provided a deeper meaning to the quote. For example, Tom Robbinson is a trustworthy and responsible young man who is wrongfully accused of raping Mayella Ewell. Another mockingbird is Boo Radley because of his seclusion he can be seen as innocent and pure because of his lack of exposure to society. This explains why Atticus decided to asses the stabbing of Bob Ewell and develop the story that he fell on his own knife to protect Boo as he is a mockingbird and “killing” or imprisoning one would be a sin in the eyes of such a religious town. This novel provides an insight to the time and history we all need to understand before we can understand where our country came from. This novel presents many real life events that could have and most likely occur within a similar small town and can give perspective on what America came from.