To Kill A Mockingbird By Will austin

Post 1: Tolerance and Courage.

Within the text To Kill A Mockingbird the author Harper Lee appeals to many audiences but more specifically readers with historical understanding and values against prejudice. It can also be seen to appeal to younger readers because the main character Scout is a younger child herself. This allows young readers to relate and expand their historical knowledge of the time period. Within the book there are many characters who would be seen as tolerant and courageous. One character includes Boo (Arthur) Radley. Within the fictional town of Maycomb he is seen as an outcast, many believe he a myth or isn’t even alive. He shows his tolerance by putting up with Dill, Jem, and Scouts fishing hook notes without response and as well as not communicating with those in the town. He shows his courage during the fire of Miss Maudie’s house placing a blanket on Scout because he left the seclusion of his home and exposed himself to public view and judgment, even though the only person who noticed Boo was Jem. Most importantly he shows his courage when defending Jem and Scout when Bob Ewell attempted to strike and stab the children on Halloween on their way home. He saved not only Scout and Jem's life but he risked his own risking prison, Bob Ewell attacking him and accidentally causing the children additional injury. He also exposed himself to the Finch family because Jem broke his arm and Boo carried him home. The story is filled with courageous acts from Atticus defending Tom Robbinson, and African american man in Alabama, and Scout, an intelligent young woman attempting to understand racial prejudice and the time period she is forced to grow up in. Unfortunately the cultural values within the fictional town of Maycomb were very prejudiced given time period. This sets the background for many events that take place within the novel such as the Tom Robbinson case and the “negro lover” idea that Scout’s father Atticus is faced with.

Post 2: Historical Connection.

The time period within the fictional town of Maycomb Alabama is in the 1930’s in the Great Depression and severe poverty and unemployment. One aspect of the town is the separation of the races, in a time where practicing religion was as common as watching TV today can explain why Scout was very confused why their maid Caplurina along with the black population of Maycomb goes to a different church and why Scout has such a different experience than that of a white only church in the early chapters of the book. This sets the stage for events that will take place with the progression of the novel. Somebody who is very aware of the elements of the time period is the main character Scout’s father Atticus, a lawyer and a very down to earth man has no real biased on African Americans. For example a Tom Robbinson, a responsible, kind and respectable young man is charged with raping a white woman named Mayella Ewell. Atticus is the only lawyer in the town who would defend the young man’s case against the rape. Because of the time period Tom had little to no chance to escape the charges and the electric chair against the word of a white woman. He was unfortunately later shot 17 times attempting to escape false imprisonment. The father of Mayella, Bob Ewell was a poor but very predigest towards black people which is why given the rape case he forced his daughter to file against Tom even though, from Tom’s perspective he was invited in and Mayella made the first move. All eyes pointed to Bob as the attacker and rapist, but given the time period Tom was still falsely imprisoned and wrongfully accused. This shows Atticus’s worldview and moral standpoint against the conformity society has fallen into.

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.

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