Themes Of Moral Ignorance In To Kill A Mockingbird

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I am a coward for being ignorant of the harsh realities that I support because I do not want to be conspicuous. In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch takes on a case where he finds himself defending a colored man from the accusation that he raped a white woman. Moral Cowardice if found in 99.99% of the population were no one takes a stand to make a change. A person’s ignorance can lead them to a life they never wanted. The three most prominent themes in To Kill A Mockingbird is lost honor, dangers of ignorance, and the desire to escape.
Honor is given to those who follow the domain’s moral cowardice, the conspicuous, howbeit, have lost all honor by those who are followers. One of the most prominent themes in To Kill
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Dangers of ignorance is an evident theme in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird. In the beginning duration of Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, Dill, Scout and Jem Finch presume that Mr. Boo Radley is a monster as a result of rumours. “Jem said if Dill wanted to get himself killed, all he had to do was go up and knock on the front door” (Lee 16) Dill, Scout, and Jem’s ignorance of the real world, corrupted their young minds into believing every word someone verbalizes. Their ignorance causes them to involuntary judge a person without knowing them. Throughout the book, Scout is petrified of Boo Radley, nevertheless, Boo Radley aids Scout when she’s in a difficult situation. Scout’s ignorance on Boo Radley altered her thoughts towards him which conveyed her ignorance into a fear. Towards the end of the book, Scout perceives that no one can conclude who a person is because of the rumours that roam around a person’s ignorance. Bob Ewell’s ignorance is what could’ve possibly saved Tom Robinson if he not died before his appeal. “I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin’ on my Mayella!” (Lee 231) “..Papa was in the room a’standing over me hollerin’ who done it, who done it?” (Lee 242) As court is in session, witnesses must swear to an oath to say nothing but the truth. One by one, the prosecution witnesses testify. Bob Ewell testified that he himself, had seen Tom Robinson molest Mayella …show more content…
A desire to escape is a prominent theme in the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. Tom Robinson felt the desire to escape the penitentiary he was obtained in before his appeal. Attempting to skedaddle, Tom had escaped not by climbing over the fence, but by having his heart slow down until it was zero beats per minute. “They say he just broke into a blind raving charge at the fence and started climbing over.” “Seventeen bullets in him” (Lee 315) Locked away and isolated, Tom Robinson had lost his sanity to stay alive. He knew the risks. The desire to escape prison had become stronger as time passes. Tom knew beforehand that he would be sent to the electric chair, where he will be electrocuted until death, once he loses the appeal. Tom Robinson had lost faith and hope to the point he felt the need to escape, even if it meant risking his own life. Throughout To Kill A Mockingbird, Dill had lied to Scout and Jem about his wonderful family, until he had actually found a new family. Feeling unwanted by his new family, Dill had the desire to run away from home. “Don’t make me go back, please sir! I’ll run off again!” (Lee 188) “they just wasn’t interested in me” (Lee 190) Feeling alone and doubtful, Dill escaped because he felt as if his new family could go on without him. Not being able to run away from his insecurities, Dill felt the desire to escape the harsh reality of life and enter

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