Tkam Essay

1053 words - 5 pages

20160752
To Kill A Mockingbird
James P. Krehbiel once said “Inevitably, if we are to grow and change as adults, we must gradually learn to confront the challenges, paradoxes, problems and painful reality of an insecure world.” In Harper Lee’s book, To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper lee sends many messages to the reader. Set in a fictitious town in Alabama in the 1930’s, one obvious theme is racism. However, while racism was the most obvious theme, it wasn’t the only one; other themes included innocence, understanding and growing up. Harper Lee also suggests how a person should react to problems around them. She shows us this through her character Jean Louise Finch, otherwise known as Scout, one of the main characters and narrator. Scout faces many problems growing up because of her father’s occupation as a lawyer and his doing his best to defend a black man in court. Scout shows us her questioning when she talks about Hitler, when she reads Mr. Underwood's article about the trail, and she show us her growth in the final pages of the book when she isn’t scared by the grey ghost. Harper Lee believes that we should face our problems by questioning them and acknowledging their existence; and that if a person questions and learns from the problems around them they will gain maturity and knowledge not teachable in schools.

In To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout reacts positively to problems and bad situation many times. An important early example of facing problems is when she declined to fight Cecil Jacobs for calling Atticus “a disgrace”. While Scout isn’t facing this problem head on by ignoring Cecil Jacobs, she isn't hiding from the problem. Many children think they can solve their problems by fighting the source of their problem, so why wouldn’t Harper Lee have scout fight Cecil Jacobs? I believe Harper Lee wrote the book so that Scout didn't fight Cecil, because this scene reinforces the theme of facing problems or more specifically in this instance not running from them. In this instance if scout wanted to “run away” from the problems she was having the easiest way would be to fight Cecil Jacobs. Instead she ignores Cecil, putting Atticus’s approval of what she does above her wanting to stop being harassed by Cecil. Scout also learned a great deal about racism from Atticus because she questioned what Cecil said. In this example Scout didn’t avoid the problem, she also questioned what she was being told and most importantly she learned and important lesson about racism that she wouldn't learn in Maycomb's school system because of it.

Scout questions things around her on many occasions, the most important of which is when Scout reads Mr. Underwood’s article. Before Scout had read this article she believed Tom’s trial had been fair. This is proven by this quote in chapter 5, page 323, when scout thinks about Tom Robinson's trial being called unfair...

Find Another Essay On TKAM

TKAM Quotes Essay

575 words - 3 pages QuotesStrength:"We gain strength, and courage, and confidence by each experience in which we really stop to look fear in the face... we must do that which we think we cannot." - Eleanor Roosevelt"Strength does not come from winning. Your struggles develop your strengths. When you go through hardships and decide not to surrender, that is strength." - Arnold Schwarzenegger"You have power over your mind - not outside events. Realise this, and you

TKAM Melcons Essay

994 words - 4 pages Harper Lee’s timeless novel To Kill a Mockingbird is told by Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch, a fiery young girl from the quiet town of Maycomb, Alabama. In defiance of the traditionally passive role of Southern women, Scout grew up as a tomboy and, like her older brother Jem, was unafraid to engage other children in physical confrontations. At the onset of the novel, Scout displayed these aggressive tendencies, fighting classmates whom she believed

TKAM essay

2292 words - 9 pages 1 WJOX'S "WAGNER TEAM SPORTS BASKETBALL TEAM GIVEAWAY" CONTEST OFFICIAL RULES A complete copy of these rules can be obtained at the offices of radio station WJOX ("Station"), owned and operated by Cumulus Media Holdings Inc. or one of its subsidiary companies, 244 Goodwin Crest Drive, Suite 300, Birmingham, AL 35209 during normal business hours Monday through Friday or by sending a self-addressed, stamped envelope to the above address. The

TKAM Theme Analysis

911 words - 4 pages “Remember, it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (119). That’s what Atticus says to Jem and Scout when they want to kill birds with their new rifle guns. To Kill A Mockingbird is an excellent novel with a plethora of deep, powerful messages and themes found within the story. One theme that was especially dominant was the idea of gossip and innocence. This theme is recurrent throughout the entire novel. A symbol that aids the theme is the mockingbird

English essay TKAM

1083 words - 5 pages Nelson Mandale once said “Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” The novel by HL To Kill a mockingbird is a reflection of the world in the ..century. HL argues that knowledge is the only powerful weapon that you could option or in which one of the novel’s character possesses. The story teaches the reader about how justice and law will bend depending on the prejudice, how prejudice is influential when

tkam and mississipi trial

1163 words - 5 pages Many themes are demonstrated in To Kill A Mockingbird and Mississippi Trial, 1955. Three of the most predominant themes were courage, integrity, and truth. The author developed these themes gradually throughout both books by illustrating the actions and thoughts of the main characters. Because of these characteristics, Hiram Hilburn and Atticus Finch emerge as the heroes of the stories. The way in which heroes become inspirational to others is

TKAM: Literary Analysis Paper

756 words - 4 pages To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic novel written by Harper Lee. The novel is set in the depths of the Great Depression. A lawyer named Atticus Finch is called to defend a black man named Tom Robinson. The story is told from one of Atticus’s children, the mature Scout’s point of view. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, the Finch Family faces many struggles and difficulties. In To Kill a Mockingbird, theme plays an important role during the course

Prejudice In Maycomb. Speaks of "To Kill A Mockingbird" by Harper Lee

623 words - 2 pages generally gossiped about by MissStephanie Crawford. Miss Stephanie recounts to Jem about rumors spread about Boo Radley. "SoJem received much of his information from Miss Stephanie Crawford..."( Lee, TKAM 11 ). MissStephanie explains a erroneous rumor about Boo. "As Mr. Radley passes by, Boo drove the scissorsinto his parent's leg..." ( 11 ). Tom Robinson is prejudged by many people, some include: Scout, Mr.Gilmer, and Bob Ewell. For example, when

To kill a Mockingbird. Themes (ignorance)

881 words - 4 pages TKAM \ The dictionary defines ignorance as the lack of education or knowledge. Throughout TKAM Harper Lee writes about ignorance and it's affects on society. We learn about the sweet childish ignorance of Scout and Jem compared to the mean coldness of Mr.Ewell. Ignorance shows itself in many different ways such as racism, sexism, and class- ism. Jem and Scout are sheltered from the world and all it's evilness. Their ignorance is

Essay C&C

1426 words - 6 pages Mockingbird and Of Mice & Men discuss ideas of prejudice, family, and courage. Prejudice, while not as well-discussed in Of Mice & Men (OM&M), plays a central role in To Kill A Mockingbird (TKAM). Scout, the main character of TKAM, is introduced as a very young girl, ignorant to the prejudice raging around her. The first time she is really impacted by this prejudice and racism is when her father, Atticus, takes a case defending a black man. This trial

Learning from Experience in To Kill a Mockingbird

579 words - 2 pages that Atticus is teaching Scout indirectly as "he wanted me [Scout] to hear every word he said" and this is important for Scout's learning process. Misunderstanding is also a major theme that the children learn during the course of the novel. We see examples of this with Boo Radley, and also Tom Robinson, who are the "mockingbirds" of TKAM. Jem starts to understand this concept early in the book when he realises that Boo is actually giving

Similar Essays

Tkam Essay

1477 words - 6 pages Wow! This world is mad! As we grow up we slowly start to realise how corrupt things really are around here. But we can only start to see these things if we are willing to. If you can take the time to educate yourself about the truth and only the truth. You then find out about the evils of greed, power, money etc. These evils have taken over our towns , cities, states, provinces, territories, countries, and well, our world. What we have been

Tkam Essay

708 words - 3 pages It’s a Sin to Kill a Mockingbird “Always the innocent are the first victims, so it has been for ages past, so it is now.” -J.K. Rowling. The mockingbird in the novel To Kill Mockingbird by Harper Lee symbolizes innocence, the character who most represents the mockingbird is Thomas Robinson. Tom has many scenarios in which his innocence was lost. Mayella accusing him of rape, when the jury finds him guilty, and when Tom is shot seventeen times in

Tkam Essay

687 words - 3 pages Atticus: Climb into His Skin and Walk Around in it In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the ideas that all people should be treated equally are debated and passed around. The county of Maycomb portrays that all people are not treated equally and that they can be cruel, racist, ignorant, and sexist. When even Atticus’s family start to question him on representing a colored man, Tom Robinson, in court, he not only maintains his morals and views

Tkam Essay

759 words - 3 pages What is it to Kill a Mockingbird? Have you ever hurt someone for no apparent reason? Well guess what, you've just killed a mocking bird, a bird that sings it's heart out and does no harm. In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, several characters are "mockingbirds" in this story: Boo Radley, Dolphus Raymond, and Tom Robinson.Boo Radley was a "mockingbird". At the start of the book, Boo was cut out to be a psychotic, ugly killer. The