Literary Analysis of To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill A Mockingbird

Monkey See, Monkey Do – the learning of a process without an understanding of why it works. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is about how a small southern1930s family in Maycomb deal with entanglement and ramification situations. The family consisting of Jem and Scout, along with their father Atticus Finch, are to be present of a rape trial in the county. Along the way, Jem obtains life morals that will forever stay marked in his mind.

It had been a long while since it had snowed in Maycomb county. As kids will be kids, Jem and Scout go out and start to build a snowman. So happy with their work, they drag Atticus out to their snowman. ‘ “You can’t go around making caricatures of the neighbors,” ’ ‘ “It looks just like him.” ’ ‘ “ Mr. Avery might not think so.” Said Atticus.’ (67) Here in this passage, Jem learns that it isn’t appropriate to make fun of other people, much less neighbors. Portraying a snowman figure to a man wouldn’t be the nicest compliment on Earth, but rather an insult in the eyes of others.

‘ “I wanted you to see what real courage is instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand…She was the braves person I ever knew.” ‘ (112) Here Jem finds out that their neighbor Mrs. Dubose had just passed away. Weeks before this had occurred, Jem had cut all her flowers off her garden because she had offended Atticus of being a “nigger-lover.” Atticus was showing Jem that Mrs. Dubose had gone through a hard morphine addiction. That she was able to liberate herself from it. She had the strength and courage to die freely. Afterward, Atticus gives him a box that Mrs. Dubose had left for Jem. He opens the box and inside he find a camellia, one of the few flowers that w...

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... do not harm you in anyways, so why kill them. All they do is bring peace to a human’s ear. When something that isn’t hurting you in anyway shape or form, there is no reason to harm it. Jem reflects on this when the court comes to an agreement that Tom will be sentenced to the death penalty. Jem starts to cry because he knows the truth that Tom didn’t rape that so called victim. Jem knew that all Tom did was help people out and nothing else, He hadn’t done anything but bring peace, just like the mockingbirds. Yet he got harmed in the process.

Jem learned the ugly truth about society and that is that it is those with powers will overcome the less fortunate individuals. He discovered this in Maycomb county, his home. So why is it that we like to harm those who do nothing but try to bring peace to us? Till we find out the answer, the world will crumble under chaos.’
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