Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

1139 Words Apr 24th, 2016 5 Pages
Through life’s terrible trials and experiences, everyone will eventually be forced to mature and grow up. In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, we follow the story of Jem and Scout, two kids living in the South during a period of severe racism. Through their actions, we meet Mrs. Dubose, a mean old woman trying to beat her morphine addiction, and Tom Robinson, an innocent black man accused of rape because of a white woman’s attraction to him. Even though the characters of Mrs. Dubose and Tom Robinson are otherwise unconnected, the aftermath of their demise shows firsthand with how cruel the world is. After enduring the death of someone who possessed true courage and a trial composed of black vs. white, the character of Jem is forced to change in ways that he never would have imagined. Through the character of Jem, Lee shows that the terrible events in an unfair world force one to mature and grow up to survive. The death of Mrs. Dubose is one of the events that forces Jem to mature. When Atticus returns after receiving a call and heading over to Mrs. Dubose’s house, Jem asks, “‘What’d she want?’”(Lee 110) to which Atticus replies, “‘She’s dead, son,...she’s not suffering anymore,... Mrs. Dubose was a morphine addict,... she said she meant to break herself of it before she died.... I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand’” (Lee 110-112). Mrs. Dubose was an old woman who held the true meaning…

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