Essay about Kill A Mockingbird Socratic Symposium

1051 Words Dec 2nd, 2015 5 Pages
Akarapimand, Patrick
English 2H
Ms. Guzman
December 1, 2015
To Kill a Mockingbird Socratic Seminar II
1. The occasions that occurred Sunday night before the trial appears in the book from page 200-206. The mob is trying to lynch Tom because he is black, and he had assaulted a white woman. To them, it jeopardized their ideal world of segregation, and they wanted to terminate that threat. Scout stopped them inadvertently by bringing Mr. Cunningham back to reality. We have read a paper, “The Psychology of Mob Mentality and Violence,” that shows what happens when people are part of a group. People have a tendency to adopt a mob mentality and lose their individualism. Scout brought back Mr. Cunningham’s individuality by talking to him about his life issues. As Atticus said on page 210, “A mob’s always made up of people, no matter what. Mr. Cunningham was part of a mob last night, but he was still a man.” This incident relates to many themes in the story. First, it pertains to the theme of prejudice, for reasons that are evident. Likewise, it relates to Atticus’ teachings of good and bad. He believes that there are some good, and some bad in people. On page 210, Atticus says, “Mr. Cunningham is basically a good man…he just has his blind spots along with the rest of us.” Lastly, the incident relates to the theme of perspective. Throughout the story, Atticus tells Jem and Scout to not judge a person unless you have been in their shoes. On page 210, Atticus states, “…you children…

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