Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

1237 Words Oct 18th, 2014 5 Pages
People go through life criticizing their own selves, including each other. It is not certain why the public does this. It may be insecurity of themselves or being blinded by society’s stereotypes. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee explores this idea of judging others, before experiencing who they really are. Jean “Scout” Louis Finch narrates the story of how her brother Jeremy “Jem” Finch broke his arm. She goes through their childhood from the stories of rabid dogs and mysterious phantoms to the adulthood case of Tom Robinson. In the end, both children are saved by the same person feared during their youth. Lee uses mockingbirds in this novel to portray the innocent yet most giving people who society punishes. Harper Lee explores the theme of attacking people out of one’s own prejudice through the fable of Arthur Radley, the teachings of Atticus Finch and the troubling case of Tom Robinson to prove innocent people come from all ages, backgrounds and colors. Scout and Jem use their time making up games to play; one of which is playing out stories of Arthur Radley. Because they have not left their house for social gatherings, the Radley’s are outcasts. While giving readers a background of the town, Scout explains the suspicion by saying, “The Radleys, welcome anywhere in Maycomb, kept to themselves, a predilection unforgivable in Maycomb,” (11). Everyone in Maycomb goes to church on Sunday, missionary circle meetings, and occasionally out for a casual…

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