Take A Closer Look Analysis

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Take a Closer Look

Although things may seem one way at first, take a closer look and maybe something will change. Maycomb’s perspective from the the book To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, is not necessarily the right one. There is too much controversy on race, gender, and social class during 1933 for there to even be a “correct” perspective. Some residents had no weight on their shoulders that hindered their appearance. However, there are many locals that have more than one obstructing characteristic that they can do nothing about. Hidden characters, such as Calpurnia, Tom, and Boo, are all hindered by belittling traits, such as, gender, social class, and race, which drive Maycomb’s perspectives further away from the truth.
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Although action can speak louder than words. Boo is seen as a raw-meat-eating monster to many: “Jem seemed to have a little fear of Boo Radley”, (41). There is not a voice to be heard, so Boo could not oppose any of the allegations. Caged by his older brother Nathan, Boo could not go into the town and show everyone his true heroism. So instead he had to find ways to let his authentic personality arise. Boo mended Jem’s pants when they got ripped during the shooting scene. They were mended with great care showing that he is a hero. During the fire at Miss Maudie's house, Boo wrapped Scout in a blanket to make sure she stayed warm. After enough instances, the Finches and a few others started to see what is right in front of their face. Boo’s low social ranking is pushed aside and his valor is able to shine through. However the blindness of the majority of the community forced Boo’s social class to be his entirety. “‘Why do you reckon Boo Radley’s never run?’” (192) questions Jem. It is because if Boo were to run he would not have anywhere to go. His identity remained as a monster to many and it would be unlikely that any resident would want that burden on their shoulders. Boo found himself forced into a life of a false identity but that did not stop him from still trying to speak with his actions and become a

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