Injurality In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the characterization of Atticus helps to reveal the theme. Jem and Scout have just met Mrs. Dubose, an elderly-racist woman with an ill temper, Jem believes she is a bad woman, and Atticus admires her for her battle with standing up against her morphine addiction. They have also just met their cousin Francis which irritates Scout and tells him things Scout abhors and doesn’t want to hear. Both of these characters have been calling Atticus a nigger-lover, a person whom which the white society don’t want to be anywhere near with and believe that they are the superior race. Atticus opposes these paradigms and encourages black folks, other races and equality instead of viewing the bad side of things. “You …show more content…
The principle of respect for others supports the development of the theme since the setting of To Kill A Mockingbird took place during a time era where racism was enormous and white folks were known to oppose black folks; white people were the dominant race. Throughout Maycomb County, white and blacks are separate, but Atticus’s maid is a black woman named Calpurnia whom he seems to have a good relationship with and Atticus later admits to be a nigger lover on page 108.In to Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the use of symbol helps to reveal the theme. When Scout and Jem are each given the present of an air rifle by Uncle Jack, he teaches the two how to shoot them since Atticus wouldn’t. Then one day Atticus tells Jem "I'd rather you shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the Bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird."(pg. …show more content…
When the news of Bob Ewell’s death spreads throughout Maycomb county. Heck tate, the sheriff of Maycomb county talk to Atticus about the way he is growing his kids, and how there are rumors that Jem could have been the one who killed Bob Ewell since Scout once heard at midnight a knife sound in the kitchen. Atticus then explains that Jem wouldn’t do such a horrible thing, that he protects Jem and Scout with all he’s got, that he’s very caring towards them. "Heck," Atticus's back was turned. "If this thing's hushed up it'll be a simple denial to Jem of the way I've tried to raise him. Sometimes I think I'm a total failure as a parent, but I'm all they've got. Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me, and I've tried to live so I can look squarely back at him... if I connived at something like this, frankly I couldn't meet his eye, and the day I can't do that I'll know I've lost him. I don't want to lose him and Scout, because they're all I've got." This demonstrates that Atticus values family with a strong passion, he is the first person his kids go to when in time of need, and although he feels like a failure at some points which he admits, he states that that is all he has and that without their mother, Atticus is all that Jem and Scout have.”...Sometimes I think I'm a total failure as a parent, but I'm all they've got. Before Jem looks at anyone else he looks at me..I

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