Isolation, Discrimination And Loneliness By Harper Lee Essay

1065 Words Jan 4th, 2016 5 Pages
When discovering our own personal identities, there are a great number of things that can sway the way that identity ends up looking. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee explores how the influence of isolation, discrimination and loneliness can reflect upon our identities. Evidence of how these feelings impact our individual identities can clearly be seen in the lives of characters Tom Robinson, Mayella Ewell and Boo (Arthur) Radley.

Boo Radley is perhaps the most misunderstood character that Harper Lee crafted. Scout and Jem believe he is a monster who eats raw animals, a great giant of a man with yellow teeth and perpetually bloodstained hands. However throughout the novel we are reminded on multiple occasions that Boo is simply not the monster the children imagine him to be. It can be seen in moments such as when Boo drapes a blanket over Scout’s shoulders in the middle of winter (chap. 7) or when Boo mends and folds Jem’s pants in the dead of night (chap. 6). But why does Boo care so much for the Finch kids? Why does he go out of his way to put little souvenirs into a tree knot or to do the ultimate favour and save Jem and Scout’s lives (chap. 28)? Could Boo’s attachment to the kids stem from that fact that he has been isolated and without human affection for the majority of his life? That he is finally fulfilling his utterly human need to be with others? Either way, we see Boo’s true self in the last few chapters of the novel as he shows his tenderness…

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