Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

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“The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend,” is a quote by Robertson Davies. This quote perfectly explains one of the many themes in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, both in the novel and movie adaptation. In To Kill a Mockingbird, the reader is placed in a setting in which the society only sees what it wants. This causes a few characters, such as Mr.Arthur (Boo) Radley, Mr. Tom Robinson and Jem and Scout Finch, to be put in difficult positions and end up losing part of their innocence due to the biased opinions of others.
At a young age, Boo Radley was labeled after what is said to be an unpredictable outburst of Boo stabbing his own father in the leg. This episode of acting out caused the people of Maycomb to think badly of Boo and twist his image. His parents would not send him away to receive any help he may have needed. Instead, they kept Boo locked in their home, never letting him out. Maycom was left stretching the truth, thereby creating lies about Boo. In one description given by Jem he says: “ Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that 's why his hands were bloodstained—if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time. “ (Lee .16)
This description by which he is known, doesn 't help others see him in a…

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