“A Simple Love Story”: An analysis of love throughout To Kill a Mockingbird
Love is defined as “an intense feeling of deep affection” or “a person or thing that one cares for deeply. ” Frank Sinatra, a famous American singer, once acclaimed, “A simple ‘I love you’ is worth more than money”. Sometimes love doesn’t need to be said because it is felt. Some people feel love through nature, their friends, family, books, or even God. From this novel the reader can point out many distinct genre’s of love. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, she says her novel is a “simple love story. ” Many may begin see imagine this as traditional love and romance as in the love between a happily married couple; however, this story handles family love, community love, and the love of friendship. One can see ideal examples of this through the Finch family’s love, Tom Robinson’s friends and family throughout the trial in Maycomb County, and lastly the relationship between Dill and Scout when he doesn’t return to Maycomb for the summer.
The first example of love in To Kill a Mockingbird that can be easily recognized is family love between Atticus and his children. After Bob Ewell is found dead with a knife in his gut it is clear to Atticus that this was the work of Boo Radley protecting Atticus’ children. Atticus is speaking with Heck Tate about parenting and protecting an innocent man who would potentially die in the presence of a courtroom, Atticus proclaims, “Sometimes I think I 'm a total failure as a parent, but I 'm all they 've got. Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I 've tried to live so I can look squarely back at him. . . and the day I can 't do that I 'll know I 've...
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...ften one images honeymoons, weddings, and a happy couple. Love in this novel goes much beyond the love of people in a relationship. There are examples of family love, community love, and friendship love. One point is shown by Atticus’ unconditional love for his children- a strong bond of family love. Tom Robinson’s community throughout the rigorous trial- shows unbelievably powerful community love and the love of a neighbor. The never ending friendship between Scout and Dill- is an exemplary model for naive child friendship love. Lee’s novel shows many model accounts of love through her characters. Although the words, “I love you”, may have never been spoken; love is felt completely. To Kill a Mockingbird has been read for years and will continue to be read for many reasons, but a large reason is due to how Lee displays multiple examples of unconditional love.
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