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Social Conformity In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Social Conformity

A distinct conscience is formed by the values and desires of one’s unique identity. However, common beliefs of societal standards can influence conscientious desires. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee introduces a young girl named Scout, who learns about the difference between social conformity and human conscience. Through this, she notices the conflict it brings: choosing to conform or stand with your desire. Through Maycomb’s discriminatory principles, Atticus’ actions against common beliefs, and Scout’s comprehension of Boo, Lee reveals how society’s standards and conformity hinders personal desires for righteousness. Actions of persecution and aversion are the result of society’s values. Many are accustomed to society’s beliefs. In Maycomb, they follow …show more content…

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes how harper lee introduces scout in to kill a mockingbird, who learns about the difference between social conformity and human conscience.
  • Explains that the actions of persecution and aversion are the result of society's values. in maycomb, they follow discriminatory principles against the colored race.
  • Analyzes how atticus, a lawyer, was confronted with the futile case of the ewells accusing tom robinson of raping the eldest daughter, mayella.
  • Analyzes how dolphus raymond does not believe in society's ideology regarding racism. jem realizes the falsities of society, due to the injustice he sensed.
  • Explains that society's beliefs and conformity will influence desires and conscience of each person, but there will be a conflict between society’s values and human desires.

One of the values of Maycomb is racism. However, there are a few that does not believe in this value, including Mr. Dolphus Raymond. Mr. Dolphus Raymond is a white man married to a black woman and has mixed children. He does not believe in society’s ideology regarding racism and knows that some citizens of Maycomb antagonize him. However, he does not care, as he prefers the colored people over white. He knows how unfair society is, from the way he gets treated. Moreover, Jem realizes the falsities of society, due to the injustice he sensed. After Tom’s verdict, Jem’s first clear sense of injustice provided a new perception on the world. When he was young, he believed that the people of Maycomb are the best folks, but the outcome of the trial changed this thought. Furthermore, Scout’s realization of the falsehood in society is with the hypocrisy of Miss Gates. She was taught by Miss Gates how Americans do not believe in persecution. However, Scout saw Miss Gates talk about the African Americans in an adverse way. Learning about the falsehood in society is part of

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