As the novel progresses, she starts to witness racial prejudice; which is something that no minor should come in contact with during her childhood. By exposing their innocent natures, we see how Boo, Tom Robinson and Scout are the mockingbirds in this novel. In reality, Boo has done nothing wrong. His confinement began when he, along with some other people, had played a prank and gotten into some trouble with the law. Later in his life, a rumor is spread that he had stabbed his father with scissors.
When Jem and Scout’s father Atticus defends a black man in court, the town’s imperfections begin to show. A sour, little man named Bob Ewell even tries to kill Jem and Scout all because of the help Atticus gave to the black man named Tom Robinson. Throughout the novel, Harper Lee illustrates the central theme that it is wrong to judge someone by their appearance on the outside, or belittle someone because they are different. In this book, Harper Lee clearly demonstrates the importance of not judging a book by its cover in the person of Boo Radley. Boo was a boy never seen outside his house ever since he was caught by the authorities involving himself in mischief.
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Question : On giving Jem and Scout air rifles, Atticus tells them that to kill a mockingbird is a sin. Miss Maudie explains that mockingbirds only do one thing, and that is to sing their hearts out for us. Who are the mockingbirds in the story, and how have they been ‘killed’ by the society around them? Ideas : The two main mockingbirds are Boo Radley and Tom Robinson, but there are others within the storyline. Boo Radley has been shut away from the world by his father and then later his brother through an incident which occurred fifteen years earlier when he stabbed his father with a pair of scissors.
The physical consequences of stereotypes are exhibited countless times throughout the novel. For those who do not conform, its aftermath includes scrutiny, isolation, and even death. When Atticus Finch decides to defend a black man, he is bombarded with criticism. His own nephew Francis said, "‘...Grandma says it's bad enough he lets you all run wild, but now he's turned out a n*****-lover we'll never be able to walk the streets of Maycomb agin. He's ruinin' the family, that's what he's doin'" (Lee 83).
Boo Radley was a victim of prejudice because after youthful pranks, his father confined him to their house. As a result, Boo became known as a "malevolent phantom." Later, Boo is revealed to be "a gentle soul through his unseen acts" (Telgen 292). Even though the community hasn't seen or heard from Boo in over 15 years, he is assumed to be a monster. Children of the neighborhood, including the narrator, harass Boo and adults try to avoid the entire family.
S'pose you didn't have nobody. S'pose you couldn't go into the bunk house and play rummy `cuase you was black...A guy needs somebody--to be near him." Crooks has never been treated well by anyone because he is black. This has affected Crooks. Crooks's was shocked when... ... middle of paper ... ..."I tried Aunt Clara, ma'am.
She never let anybody push her around, for instance, when Walter Cunninghum, refusing to take the money from Miss Caroline, accidentally got her in trouble she beat him up. The other main character is Jem. Wanting to get Boo Radley to come out, he goes to all kinds of lengths to acheive his goal. Like losing his pants over the fence trying to sneak over to Boo’s house. E. Summarization Atticus took on a case for a black man accused of raping a white woman.
Atticus defends Tom in the trial and makes it clear that Tom is innocent and even proves that someone else was responsible for the girl’s wounds: her father. Even though Atticus has proved Tom innocent, he is still declared guilty, put in jail, and sentenced to death. Another character, Boo Radley, also fits the mold of the mockingbird. Boo was probably just a normal boy who was unfortunately born to parents who weren’t the nicest in town and liked to keep to themselves. It was rumored that, as a child, Boo was cutting out articles in the newspaper for a scrapbook and when his father walked by, Boo plunged the scissor blades into Mr. Radley’s leg, took them out, and just kept cutting the newspaper like nothing had happened.
When the crazy Addie killed the household pets at night, they blamed it all on Boo. The children... ... middle of paper ... ...l Dill, after all he’s just a Negro” (Lee 199). In Maycomb, people are treated very differently based purely on their color, and economic status. To conclude my essay Harper Lee uses the time and setting to exemplify the horrible effects of prejudice through Atticus, Boo and Tom. Boo is thought to be a monster by the people of Maycomb but ends up being a very caring shy young man not a monster.
That is what makes him so scary. Many rumors are made about him and we find out later on in the book that none of them are true. Some rumors that we hear throughout this book is that he never comes out during the day and only comes out during the night to look through peoples windows. Jem tells Dill, “…Miss Stephanie Crawford said she woke up in the middle of the night one time and saw him looking straight through the window ate her…(pg.16)” Also many people say he stays in his house because he stabbed his father in the leg with a scissor and his father didn’t want to send him to the asylum, he promised to keep Boo in the house. Toward the end of the book, Scout and Jem learn that Boo is nothing like they have heard.