To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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Seeing things from other peoples perspective The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee teaches the reader about what it would be like to grow up in Maycomb Alabama in the 1930s. Atticus Finch is a defense lawyer who is doing his best to raise his two children, Jem and Scout, after his wife dies. The children live in a household where there is a black woman in the kitchen and no discrimination is allowed. This is because Maycomb succeeded from the union during the civil war times and is now full of racist whites. Most of the townspeople are upset with Atticus for defending a black man in court who is accused of raping a white woman, besides the black community, his children, and others who support his decision. Throughout the story …show more content…
Ms. Caroline does not know this and thinks that the whole issue is no big deal. So after Ms. Caroline smacks Scout’s hand with a ruler a few times and makes her stand in the corner of the room .She is upset and does not know what she has done wrong. If Scout put herself in her teacher’s shoes she would have known why Ms. Caroline embarrasses Walter and then punishes her for standing up for him like a good person. Scout tries to make sense of things when Atticus tells her to put herself in Mr. Cunningham’s shoes. Scout does not understand how Mr. Cunningham, a man her dad once did favors for, could now be part of a mob that will hurt Atticus if they did not do as they say. Atticus is sitting in front of the town jail late at night making sure that nothing will happen to Tom Robinson, the black man he is defending in court. This is when a few townspeople including Mr.Cunningham arrive there and say “you know what we want, get aside from the door, Mr. Finch” (Lee 202). The men are good people but they have all been undertaken by mob mentality turning them in to intimidating thugs. Atticus explains this to Scout and tells her how she was the one to bring them back to their good side since she ran in the middle of the whole situation after spying on her father and by saying “entailments are bad” (Lee 205). She says this to try and start up a conversation but really brings back the

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