Essay about Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

1001 Words May 15th, 2016 5 Pages
In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee exploits the toxic nature of the South, the early 20th century. The destruction of innocence is evidently shown throughout the rampant bigotry, through the explicit phrase of ‘…it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.’ Hence, To Kill a Mockingbird is to kill innocence. In the tale, from the very beginning, a threat that is based on generational racism is posed to destroy a number of innocents. Ultimately, the ‘Mockingbird’ is killed in ways that are worse than death and by the end results in the loss of innocence. Tom Robinson can be identified as one of these mockingbirds, whose purity is destroyed in the ill-diseased town of Maycomb. Next, Boo Radley is another innocent soul who suffers being an outcast because of the inhumane prejudice of society. Finally, the vulnerable children in the Finch family are also preyed upon by the blinded society in some ways that are beyond saving.

To my first point, even though Tom is a humble and selfless man, he’s accused of a crime, to which he’s not guilty and is essentially condemned for life. His inner-goodness is taken advantaged of by the troublesome Mayella and her abusive father, Bob Ewell, despite Tom actually serving their family. Though Mayella ‘did something in this society that is unspeakable,’ and took away the innocence of Tom, his wings were shattered long ago in the text, ever since he was born in the South with black skin. Hence, the verdict is guilty for the ‘mockingbird’,…

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