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The Psychology of Human Sexuality in The Bird Cage - The Psychology of Human Sexuality in The Bird Cage The Bird Cage, Starring Nathan Lane and Robbin Williams is a film that explores societies views of homosexuals through the medium of humor. By creating outrageously stereotyped homosexual men, the director, Mike Nichols creates an awareness in his viewers of the biases and stereotypes that they hold . The two gay male leads, Albert and Armand are owners of a nightclub in South Beach Florida. Armand (played by Robin Williams) is in a long-term relationship with Albert (played by Nathan Lane)....   [tags: The Bird Cage Sexuality Movies Film Essays] 1239 words
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Inductive Knowledge Paradox - In Nelson Goodman’s The new riddle of induction, the problem of inductive knowledge is brought into question and a collection of possible solutions are presented. The paradox of inductive knowledge has been misunderstood into bringing forth a radical ideology of relativism by philosophers such as Quine and a variety of other modern thinkers, however a possible solution presented by Hempel and a new version outlined in this paper present a different case all together concerning the acquisition of knowledge....   [tags: Philosophy Reasoning]
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Similarities Between To Kill a Mocking Birds and the Scottsboro and Tom Robinson Trial - The Scottsboro Trial and the Tom Robinson Trial are almost identical in the forms of racism and prejudice shown and the the actual trial and the trials outcome. The racism and prejudice is clear and is a key factor throughout both cases, which took place in the same time period. Both trials are very common when it came to the time period, the time the trials have taken place in, those who were persecuted and lastly, why they were persecuted in the first place. “All blacks were liars, and always was not to be trusted was a major part of all of these trails” was the thought during this time....   [tags: prejudice, rape, mob]
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The Narrator Debate: To Kill A Mockingbird - Paul Simon, the musician, once said, “If you can get humor and seriousness at the same time, [you have] created a special little thing, and [that is] what [I am] looking for, because if you get pompous, you lose everything” (Simon 1). Racism in the 1930s and until the 1960s was a very serious issue. As stated, authors have taken this serious issue and turned it into great pieces of literature. Many of them have truly shown the seriousness of racism in society. Even though, criticism, as always, continues....   [tags: literary analysis, To Kill A Mockingbird, ]
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To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee - Life Lessons Throughout their lives, individuals learn many valuable lessons that help them to grow and mature as human beings. This is evident numerous times throughout Harper Lee’s fictional novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Individuals in this novel learn these amazing lessons through Atticus Finch’s extraordinary teachings of morals. Atticus goes on to further teach valuable lessons of courage. Lastly, Atticus continues to teach valuable lessons, about sacrifice. Throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is portrayed as an extraordinary character who teaches valuable life lessons about morals, courage, and sacrifice....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Essays]
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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - To Kill A Mockingbird Courage, the mental or morale strength to venture, persevere, and withstand danger, fear, or difficulty, is displayed in many different ways throughout Harper Lee¹s only published novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. To some, the courage manifested by the characters in this book is either offensive, or frivolous, but to those who realize the true meaning of this word, the fortitude and bravery exhibited by certain individuals is considered uncustomary. In fact, To Kill A Mockingbird revolves around courage, as the author of this book describes Jem and Scout¹s (the two main character¹s in the story) childhoods living in Maycomb County, and how, as they grow older , they lear...   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Essays] 1138 words
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Jem Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird - Jem Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird “To kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee is set a small town called Maycomb in Alabama, in the 1930s. The community of Maycomb is of mixed ethnicity and like most places of that time the white people believe they were the dominant race. The book is seen through the eyes of two children: Jem and Scout Finch who are growing up in this society. As Jem gets older he becomes conscious of the fact that this community and these adults who surround him are not always right and this makes him feel lost....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Essays] 1229 words
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To Kill A Mockingbird: A Timeless Classic - Harper Lee’s only book, To Kill a Mockingbird, is the stereotypical tale of childhood and innocence, yet it successfully incorporates mature themes, like the racism in the South at the time, to create a masterpiece of a work that has enraptured people’s minds and hearts for generations. According to esteemed novelist Wally Lamb, “It was the first time in my life that a book had sort of captured me. That was exciting; I didn’t realize that literature could do that” (111). Scout’s witty narration and brash actions make her the kind of heroine you can’t help but root for, and the events that take place in Maycomb County are small-scale versions of the dilemmas that face our world today....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Essays]
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Importance of the Trial in To Kill a Mockingbird - Importance of the Trial in To Kill a Mockingbird      The trial of Tom Robinson is central to our understanding of racial and social prejudice in Maycomb. Harper Lee uses Tom Robinson's 'crime' to bring tensions in the town to a head and the author uses the trial as a way of making the ideas behind such tensions explicit for the reader.   The two people involved in the so-called crime, Tom Robinson and Mayella Ewell, are at the very bottom of Maycomb society. Tom is black and Mayella one of the poorest of the poor whites....   [tags: Kill Mockingbird essays]
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The Instances of Injustice and Justice in To Kill A Mocking Bird and Silas Marner - The Instances of Injustice and Justice in To Kill A Mocking Bird and Silas Marner In this essay I am going to compare and contrast the instances of injustice and justice in "To Kill A Mockingbird" and "Silas Marner". "To Kill A Mockingbird" is set in Maycomb, in the southern state of Alabama during the years, 1933-35, the time of the Great Economic Depression. Racial prejudice was particularly strong in the Southern States due to the earlier abolishment of slavery, slavery played an important part in the regions' economy....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Essays] 2227 words
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Racism in Amistad, To Kill a Mocking Bird, and Telephone Conversation - The texts To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, Amistad directed by Steven Spielberg and Telephone Conversation by Wole Soyinka explore the issue of racism. These three texts focus on prejudice, discrimination, bias, behaviour and attitude revolving around the issue of discrimination because of the coulour of ones skin and the cultural and social attitudes past on from one generation to another. Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel set in the southern states of the USA in the 1930’s, a time that is “Post Abolitionist”, however a time where the culture and social structure is still entrenched with racist attitudes and laws....   [tags: essays research papers] 1792 words
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Judging People in To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee - ... It comes out in the paper that Tom Robinson tried to escape prison and ended up being shot. During the night of Halloween when Scout and Jem are coming home from a school event, they start to feel like they are being followed. It turns out to be the Bob Ewell and he starts attacking Scout and Jem. Boo-Radley ends up stabbing Bob Ewell to help the children get away. The book ends with the sheriff convincing Atticus that Bob Ewell’s death will be one that was an accident caused by himself. One of the first cases where the theme of race can be seen is in the life of Mr....   [tags: racism, martin luther king] 1186 words
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Childhood Presented in To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison - Childhood Presented in To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee and The Bluest Eye by Toni Morrison Childhood should be a time of great learning, curiosity, joy, playfulness and guiltlessness. The reality is that it can be a time of extreme vulnerability and dependency. The innocence and fragility of a child is easily manipulated and abused if not nurtured and developed. Family relationships are crucial in the flourishing of young minds, but other childhood associations are important too. These include school life, friends, play and peer-group....   [tags: English Literature Childhood Essays]
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Black Like Me, by John Howard Griffin and To Kill A Mocking Bird, by Harper Lee - In Black Like Me, author John Howard Griffin’s uses his real life account of his experience of temporarily transforming himself into a black man for six long and intense weeks to experience black oppression first hand. In To Kill a Mockingbird, author Harper Lee uses the point of view of Scout Finch, to learn about her father Atticus Finch, an attorney who hopelessly strives to prove the innocence of a black man that was unjustly accused of rape in the southern United States in the 1930s....   [tags: courage and compassion] 1621 words
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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird "To Kill a Mocking Bird" by Harper Lee was published in 1960 and was adapted into a play by Christopher Sergal and published in 1980. It tells the story of a court case when a black man gets accused of raping a white woman. The black man, Tom Robinson is defended by the a lawyer called Atticus Finch. Atticus is one of the few people in Maycome who have a bit of money an can read and write very well. The inevitable outcome of the case was that the Black man was sentenced to death....   [tags: Harper Lee Kill Mockingbird Essays] 2334 words
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Margaret Laurence's A Bird in the House - Margaret Laurence's A Bird in the House Margaret Laurence's A Bird in the House differentiates itself from the four other novels that make up the 'Manawaka series' that has helped establish her as an icon of Canadian literature. It does not present a single story; instead, it is a compilation of eight well-crafted short stories (written between the years 1962 and 1970) that intertwine and combine into a single narrative, working as a whole without losing the essential independence of the parts....   [tags: Laurence A Bird in the House Essays]
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Why is the Novel Called To Kill a Mockingbird? - Why is the Novel called To Kill a Mockingbird. In order for us to understand the reason why the novel is called "To Kill a Mockingbird", we need to take into account what the title actually means. The mockingbird is a type of finch, and it gets its name from its ability to make sounds that mimic other animals. This bird is not a predator and all it does is to make music. In the book the references made to the mockingbird are ones of great significance. The first time we come across this in the novel is when Atticus Finch says to his son Jem Finch, "Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird." The children, Jem and his sister Scout do no...   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Essays] 2049 words
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The Theme of Prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird - The Theme of Prejudice in To Kill a Mockingbird ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ teaches us about the deceit and prejudice amongst the residents of Maycomb County, all of whom have very contrasting and conflicting views. We are told the story through the eyes of little girl, Scout, and the day-to-day prejudices she faces amongst society. Her father, Atticus, is a white man defending a Negro, even though the town frowns upon such a thing. He is trying to bring order to the socially segregating views, both within the court and out....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee Prejudice Essays] 2555 words
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Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings - Maya Angelou's I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings Maya shields herself against the confusion of St. Louis by reading fairy-tales and telling herself that she does not intend on staying there anyway. Vivian works in a gambling parlor at night....   [tags: Angelou Caged Bird Book Summary Review Analysis] 1676 words
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Bird Flu Crisis In Hong Kong - Bird Flu Crisis in Hong Kong Introduction Do you know how many chickens do we consume every day. Three thousand, five thousand or more. We demand almost more than ten thousand chickens daily. What a big figure. We can see that chickens are very important to Chinese society. Chickens are always devoted to God and served in dinners to celebrate traditional festivals. Without chickens, it will cause inconvenience to Hong Kong people, especially during Lunar New Year. Unfortunately, Hong Kong people has just encountered this situation....   [tags: Bird Flu China Chinese Essays] 2826 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird - English essay on To Kill a Mockingbird In 'To Kill a Mockingbird' Atticus finch is presented as a respectable well-known man. Before Atticus Finch there was a customary tradition at the Finch's landing, which has been in place since Simon Finch made it his home and died there. The customary tradition was ' the men in the family remained on Finch's landing and made their living from cotton'. In the twentieth century Atticus Finch went to Montgomery to read law and John Hale Finch, Atticus' younger brother studied medicine in Boston....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Essays] 2181 words
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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird is Still Valuable in Modern Times - Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is one of the most revered novels in modern history. It is a story which makes use of powerful language and plot devices, as well as its use of highly detailed character development, to convey a variety of themes to readers, with the most prevalent ones including racial and social injustice, social life, class, discrimination, human nature and personal morals and beliefs. The titular quote, “... it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird”, also presents a significant theme in the novel: innocence and morality....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Essays] 1381 words
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Symbolism and Allegory in To Kill a Mockingbird - Symbolism and Allegory in To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee uses symbolism extensively throughout To Kill a Mockingbird,, and much of it refers to the problems of racism in the South during the early twentieth century. Harper Lee's effective use of racial symbolism and allegory can be seen by studying various examples from the book, namely the actions of the children, of the racist whites, and of Atticus Finch. One of the more effective allegories in the novel is the building of a snowman by Jem and Scout....   [tags: Kill Mockingbird essays]
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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird The story of To Kill a Mockingbird takes place during the 1930s in a small town in Alabama in the southern United States - much like the town where the author Harper Lee herself grew up. To understand what the book is saying about racism, you need to know something of the history of race relations in the southern USA. Plot ---- The novel is about three years in the life of the Finch family: Atticus and his son Jem and daughter Scout....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Essays] 3859 words
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Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird - Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird During the 1930s, during the time when the novel was set, society was very different to what it is now. "To Kill a Mockingbird" is Harper Lee's story about life in a small town in Southern America during the 1930s. The story is based in the state of Texas, Alabama, in this state slavery was very common and because of this it became to be known as the "Slave State". The story involves "Atticus Finch" a lawyer who must defend an African American who has been wrongly accused of raping a Caucasian woman....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Essays] 2470 words
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A Silent Truth in To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee - ... In real life, Truman Capote shared many talents and hobbies with Harper Lee. “Nelle Harper Lee and Truman Capote became friends in the early 1930s as kindergarteners in Monroeville, Alabama” (The Big Read). They enjoyed writing, so Amasa gave the two children an old Underwood typewriter (The Big Read). In the classic, Truman’s name was Charles Baker. They often referred to him as Dill. “Although Capote moved to New York City in the third grade to join his mother and stepfather, he returned to Monroeville most summers, eventually providing the inspiration for Dill in To Kill a Mockingbird” (The Big Read)....   [tags: assumptions, african americans, narrator]
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Growing up in Maycomb County - Every second, there are five children born into this world. That is five living, breathing babies that begin to grow and mature the moment they breathe in the Earth’s air. They start off by learning the essentials, talking, walking, and sleeping, however, as they hit five or six years old, these children start to comprehend the world for what it truly is. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, this theme of growing up, and understanding the world, is present throughout the novel. The book proves that what a child grows up to be like, has a lot to do with their parental figures in life, and how harsh vs....   [tags: To Kill a Mocking Bird]
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The Theme of Racism in To Kill a Mockingbird - One of the widely recognized controversies in American history is the 1930s, which housed the Great Depression and the post-civil war, the ruling of Plessy versus Ferguson and the Jim Crow Laws, and segregation. While textbooks detail the factual aspect of the time there is only one other literature that can exhibit the emotion experienced in the era. To Kill a Mockingbird is the acclaimed novel that displays the experiences of the South, through inequality and segregation, social class differences and the right to fairness....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Essays]
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Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird, both as a novel and as a film, shows how time can change the way society views the importance of certain issues, such as racism. Because it was written during the civil rights movement, many people protested against it for conveying issues of prejudice between the north and the south. However, after time, the novel gradually became accepted. It is now a world-renowned classic, and it has won the Pulitzer Prize, as well as having made its way to the big screen....   [tags: To Kill a Mockingbird Essays]
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Use of Symbols in To Kill a Mockingbird - To Kill a Mockingbird was written by Harper Lee, the novel was published in 1960. The novel was written in a time of racial inequality in the United States. To Kill a Mockingbird is told in the perspective of a young girl named Scout, in the late 1920s and early 1930s, who is naïve and innocent. Scout matures throughout the novel through her father, Atticus, and she becomes more aware of the prejudice in Maycomb County. When Atticus loses his case, Scout and her brother, Jem, learn that blacks cannot have a fair trial, but their new found maturity has taught them not assume someone’s character without knowing them first, such as with Boo Radley....   [tags: Symbolism in To Kill a Mockingbird]
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Foils in To Kill a Mocking Bird - ... However, Miss Maudie Atkinson said almost the complete opposite; she told Scout that the reason that he did not ever come out was because, he was a victim of his father, a foot washing Baptist (an extremist). She said, "I remember Arthur Radley when he was a boy. He always spoke nicely to me, no matter what folks said he did. Spoke as nicely as he knew how" (Lee 46). This shows that Arthur was not crazy like Miss Stephanie had said; he was a nice boy, according to Miss Maudie. He is also shown later in the book that he was just someone mistreated in life; yet, is still shown to be a character who looks like a monster in the children’s eyes....   [tags: Harper Lee, literary analysis, device] 1696 words
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A Prejudice Society in To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee - ... Scout and Jem often received prejudice remarks about their father defending a Negro man. This upset them both greatly and they resorted to violence in order to defend their father. Scout was often subjected to hearing her classmates saying discriminative things about Atticus such as “Scout Finch’s daddy defends Niggers” (99) and calling Atticus a “nigger-lover” (110)– most likely due to hearing their parent’s prejudice opinion. Scout being a symbolic mockingbird - was unable to understand why they thought her father was doing something wrong, when in her view he was only defending an innocent man....   [tags: innocence, norms, malicious gossip]
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Examples of Prejudice in To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee - ... Her Uncle Jack asks her once at a family gathering, “‘You want to grow up to be a lady don’t you?’” (Lee 105). Jack says that assuming that should want to become more proper and grow up. Scout’s Aunt Alexandra is regularly mentioning that Scout should be given more feminine influences. Miss Maudie is another women in the novel who has to face the difficulties of being treated poorly for the reason that she is a woman. In spite of the fact that Miss Maudie is a very smart and wise women she does not get the proper respect from other men because she is a women....   [tags: sexism, intolerance, racism] 830 words
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Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee and - ... He risked the loss of Jem in the process. He also risked the chance of Jem getting mad at him and never talking to him again. Also, it was courageous of Atticus to teach his children not to prejudge others until they really know what the other person is going through. There is a quotation that Atticus said, “Never judge anyone, until you have been in their shoes, and walked around in them’’ (86). When saying that to Jem and Scout he risked the chance of them not listening to him. Lastly, it is courageous of him standing up to the individuals at the jail house....   [tags: great expectation, night by weisel ] 910 words
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Hard Is Never Easy - ... “Because I could never ask you to mind me again. Scout, simply by the nature of the work, every lawyer gets at least one case in his lifetime that affects him personally. This one happens to be mine, I guess.You might hear ugly talk about it at school, but do one thing for me if you will: you just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anybody says to you, don’t you let ‘em get your goat.” (Lee pg. 76). This quote tells us that Atticus knows that he will not win the trial, and that many of the whites in the Maycomb community want to see Tom Robinson killed; he knows that by taking this case he will risk not only his family, but himself as well from the Maycomb comm...   [tags: To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee] 534 words
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Demonstrating the Golden Rule in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee - ... Atticus treats Tom Robinson how he would want to be treated. Atticus knows he is going to lose th case due to the extensive amounts of racism in the county. However, this does not stop him from trying his best for Tom Robinson, as he would want others to do for him if he was in trouble. Another example of Atticus demonstrating the Golden Rule is when he tells Scout not to fight others and when he tells Jem and Scout not to mock the Radleys. He wants his children to treat everyone as they would want to be treated also....   [tags: forgiving, mocking, racism]
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The Symbolic Nature of Mocking Birds in In To Kill A Mockingbird by Lee Harper - ... I looked up a Jem. […] I had never noticed it before. Jem looked from the girl-doll to me. The girl-doll wore bands. So did I” (60). The description that Scout gives us shows that the gifts that they found in the tree were definitely for them. This shows that Boo Radley is innocent because the gift he gives them is for friendship not harming them. This makes him like the mockingbird because all he wants is friendship and all mockingbirds do is sing songs. Tom Robinson is also symbolic of the mockingbird because he is a friendly person who does not mind helping people like Mayella Ewell without getting paid....   [tags: innocence, friendship, children] 668 words
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Hamlet and The Desire-Destiny Paradox - ... With each internal debate, represented by soliloquys, he strengthens his own argument; ‘conscience does make cowards of us all’. In his first soliloquy after the ghost’s request for vengeance, Hamlet is motivated to act, inspired by an actor who can so commit to his role, that he begins to weep ‘And all for nothing’. But then Hamlet reasons the need to ‘have grounds more relative’ than simply the word of a ghost, lest he damn his soul. In another soliloquy he forgoes a seemingly perfect opportunity to kill Claudius mid-prayer, justifying that it would only send his soul to heaven, and would thus be a favour rather than revenge....   [tags: demise, tragic hero, death]
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To Kill a Mockingbird - ... He defended Tom not only as his job but as a good deed to a fellow being during this outburst of the mob, eventually saving him from getting lynched without a fair trial. Mayella Ewell came on to Tom Robinson but then was caught by her father Bob Ewell, and instead of being truthful she lied to cover up her disgrace. Atticus proves during the rape trial that Tom in fact did not inflict the injuries on Mayella’s face but that they were caused by a beating from her father after being caught in a possible sexual situation with a black man....   [tags: Harper Lee, literary analysis] 968 words
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To Kill a Mockingbird - ... He later on tried to escape and was sent to his death. So metaphorically the jury killed a mockingbird. Boo (Arthur) Radley is the second mockingbird because throughout the story all of the towns of Maycomb see him as a “phantom”, because he is shut up in his house for most of the story. So he is not harming anyone. However, other characters like Scout, Jem, and Dill by making fun of him in their game that they play. They’re hurting him even though he doesn't deserve that. At the end of the novel when Boo saves the children, he proves that, not only is he harmless, but he's also helpful and courageous....   [tags: Harper Lee, literary analysis, characters] 602 words
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