Essay about A Lack Of Morals By Harper Lee

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A Lack of Morals “Jem, how can [Mrs. Gates] hate hitler so bad an’ then turn around to be ugly about folks right here at home-” (331). Scout is wondering how her teacher and the rest of the town of Maycomb can hate hitler for persecuting people, while they themselves are oblivious that they are persecuting african americans. Harper Lee’s novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” follows a young girl named Scout Finch and her brother Jem Finch. They live in a small, fictional, racist town by the name of Maycomb, Alabama. Scout’s father Atticus is a lawyer who is appointed to a case to defend a african american man by the name of Tom Robinson. Tom is falsely accused of rape but is found guilty. The kids find it unfair that a man with a different color skin is being tried by the jury on race, not on if he did or did not commit the crime. The kids quickly find out that the morals of the town are almost nonexistent. “To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee used conflict to show that there are no true morals in a fake and racist society. First, the lack of empathy will cause a society to become prejudiced and unforgiving. After Tom Robinson is found guilty of a crime he did not commit, Jem realized how unfair the world is. “I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all of this time, it’s because he wants to stay inside” (304). Arthur “Boo” Radley is labeled grievous and a monster for stabbing his father and Boo knows that if he leaves the house he will…

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