Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

898 Words Mar 7th, 2016 4 Pages
People 's lives are like books. Everyone has their own stories, and everyone learns their own lessons. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee shows the struggle of prejudice and growing up in a southern town in the 1900’s. Scout and Jem grow up throughout the novel and learn many important lessons from their peers, the trial of an African American man named Tom Robinson, and their relations they have with a neighbor, Boo Radley. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee uses characterization to show the importance of morality, empathy, and courage. First Jem and Scout learn what morality is from Atticus and their peers. Once Mr. Radley patches up the hole in the tree, Jem asks Atticus why he would patch up the tree and comes to realize that Mr. Radley had lied to him about why he did that and it said, “Jem leaned on a pillar, rubbing his shoulders against it”(84). Obviously upset about it and then said, “He stood there until nightfall, and I waited for him. When we went in the house I saw he had been crying”(84). This is new to Jem. He has never been cheated on or lied to before and was always taught to never lie to anyone and have discretion, so he assumed everyone would act the same. Later in the story Atticus lost the Tom Robinson trial even though he was a dexterous layer and Scout, Dill and Jem were leaving the courtroom and said, “It was Jem’s turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd.”(284). “I…

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