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Theme Of Morality In To Kill A Mockingbird

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There comes a point in a teenager’s life when their parents expect them to do the right thing - whether that is doing homework without being reminded, choosing to snack on an apple instead of a candy bar, or even conforming to their mom and dad’s societal views. Not doing homework or not choosing that apple is usually not grounds for serious punishment, but choosing a different religion or point of view can be another issue. Adults may even consider a non-conforming teen to be rebellious, because that child did not choose the “correct” option, which is merely the adult's inclination. If a child grew up in a racist town and wanted to treat everyone equally, is that considered rebellious or is that simply what a decent person does? It may be the ethical thing to do; it may not be what’s considered ordinary in that society. Scout, an intelligent tomboy, Boo Radley, a kind-hearted man and Tom Robinson, a gentle figure who all belong in Harper Lee's "To Kill A Mockingbird" faced the same dilemma. They didn’t see eye-to-eye with their parental figures or even the town of Maycomb. Yet they chose to be ethical, which may not be the conventional way, but certainly didn't cause any harm. In the book, Scout, Boo, and Tom Robinson, combat the evil ways of their environment while maintaining their morality and innocence.
Scout is an innocent, intelligent five-year-old, yet she is shadowed by stereotypes of gender and racial stereotypes. On the lighter side, Scout has trouble morphing into a more ladylike routine that her Aunt wants for her. Dressed as a typical boy, Scout harms no-one presenting her innocent side by wearing clothes as any kid her age. Aunt Alexandra tries to coax Scout away from her innocence and toward adulthood. Scout pr...

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...cumstances and expect to live long, so he took the first opportunity to run—a sure sign of guilt.” Once Tom runs again after the trial, he walks right into the expectations of Maycomb’s white people, another excuse for his guilt. And sadly, to Maycomb, Tom represents all black people, so the stereotype is perpetuated. Yet Tom was a kind and innocent man, just as the mockingbird. His naive willingness to help others gets him into trouble and his innocence is destroyed by the town’s evil.
Conclusion: Scout, something about children losing their innocence -- maybe sooner than expected and maybe forced upon them. Her ideals are shaken by the injustice she witnesses around town and at the trial. Boo is a powerful symbol of goodness inside but creepy on the outside -- another good person’s innocence tarnished by town’s evil. Tom, paid for his innocence with this life.
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