Moralism In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel that is empowering and moving, as many life lessons are taught with the use of different themes in this classic novel. The setting of the novel is in a small southern town in the 1930’s where prejudice was widespread in the American society. During the era, judgment, corruption, and intolerance of others were not uncommon. There was a separation between social and racial means. Atticus Finch, a distinguished lawyer in the town, is against prejudice and biased judgments towards others. He strategically taught life lessons to his children as they are criticized themselves in the local community. Atticus’ children were not criticized by the color of their skin, but for …show more content…
Boo is a smart individual who suffered both physical and emotional abuse from his father in his lifetime and rarely comes out of his home. Boo stabbed his father with a pair of scissors, suggesting that he has gone mad, but when the sheriff was called, Mr. Radley refused to send Boo to the asylum. There is no talk about Boo’s definite condition, so the reader never knows if Boo’s family is providing protection for him or further disabling him, they are ultimately taking his innocence from him. No one ever took the time to get Boo’s side of the store, therefore, rumor began among the townspeople and Boo was made out to be a mentally-ill person and a creeper to Maycomb County. People quickly formed opinions and began judging Boo even though they did not know his situation, which is similar to how many individuals in today’s society form opinions of others without full consideration of the circumstances. Boo is a caring, susceptible man who is ridiculed by the town for not meeting the town’s standards. Jem, Scout, and Dill believed the rumors they heard about Boo and misjudged his character. Jem described Boo, even though he had never laid eyes on him, as the following: “Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging by this tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained – if you ate an animal raw you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time” (Lee 16). Boo watched Jem and Scout grow up even though they were unaware and despite the negativity from the children, Boo viewed Jem and Scout as his own and treated them that way. Early in the story, the reader can sense the kind-heartedness and innocence of Boo, although the children do not recognize

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