Comparing To Kill a Mockingbird with The Man Without a Face

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"Fighting Fear and Tradition” Michael Jordan can't single-handedly win a basketball game. Wayne

Gretzky can't win hockey games by himself either. It takes a team

effort to be successful. That was exactly the case in Harper Lee's To

Kill a Mockingbird and The Man Without a Face. Even though the time

period of To Kill a Mockingbird (1930s) and The Man Without a Face

(1960s) were vastly different, everyone needed help, no matter how

dangerous. It is no easy task and takes a lot of courage, but it is not

impossible, it is achievable. Although Jem Finch and Charles Norstadt

both matured over time, Jem had no real goal except to be a better

all-around person, while Charles' goal was to make it to the military

school. In Jem's situation, he believed one of the steps to success was

to escort his little sister, Scout, back home. He did, but he paid a

sacrificial price. A complete surprise attack would have left Jem

lifeless like a fish on dry land if Boo Radley, the outcast, had not

saved Jem's life. Jem even took the humiliation of apologizing after

destroying the garden of Mrs. Dubose because of his lack of self

control. Charles Norstadt matured a lot as well and was rewarded with

entry to a top military school. He learned to accept the fact that

people were no longer supporting him. For example, when McLeod ordered

Charles to dig a 3x3x3 hole, he refused to do it. He later learned that

this was his geometry lesson. Also, when Charles attempted to shortcut

through his essay assignment, he was caught and acco! rding to McLeod

"a high class cheat now". Perhaps, Charles' biggest maturity step was

his ability to see the person behind the burnt face of Justin McLeod.

The news was biased, and McLeod would not answer, so he was forced to

take facts from his personal experiences and interpret them "I didn't

teach you the whole summer so you could cheat on this question!" yelled

Justin McLeod. Even though both Jem and Charles fought against

society's perspective, they both blossomed admirably and were later

able to take a stand against a community with large prejudices.

Despite the prejudices that both communities had, the community in To

Kill a Mockingbird was racist towards Tom Robinson while the media

portrayed the negative image of Justin McLeod in The Man Without a

Face. Because of Tom Robinson's racial disadvantage in court, Atticus

Finch became his lawyer. Atticus felt that everyone, including people

of all colors, should be equal. "^ our courts are the great levelers,
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