Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

1369 Words Apr 8th, 2016 6 Pages
Everyday we talk about hatred and how people slaughter one another, but yet we never truly understand what is beneath the sugar coated lies. To Kill a Mockingbird forces you to wash away that coat and deal with the harsh reality of our world. The novel takes place in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s. It describes a rape case and how racism was the true culprit behind both it and its conclusion. The author, Harper Lee uses a mockingbird in the book to express how in this harsh world, there are a few people who try to maintain what little peace is left. The mockingbird is a great symbol in this story because it represents the people who do nothing but try to comfort others.They are part of a very small group of peaceful things in our corrupted world which is why it is unfortunate how in the story there were several examples of how other people tried to attack them just because they are afraid.
At the beginning of the novel, Miss Maudie, a neighbor of Jem and Scout, talks about how “Mockingbirds don 't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.... That 's why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird.”(p.119) A mockingbird is a peaceful animal that only provides a service for us to listen to and that is why Miss Maudie is trying to protect them.Maycomb is a very religious city and so in order to make sure that the destruction of the peaceful is avoided, it must be named a sin . For a gift, Atticus gives the children air rifles and he talks about how he would prefer that they shoot at…

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