Good People Do Bad Things Essay examples

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Good vs. Evil is often seen by many people as the backbone to conflicts and debates throughout history and the present. Many also often assume that one side of a conflict is right and good, and the other wrong and evil. But in reality, good and evil more often than not coexist in the same thing. Children, though, many times cannot see this, and take something as fully right and good or fully wrong and evil. This is shown in the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. In the book, the main character, Scout, is a young girl growing up in the post-civil war South with her older brother, Jim, and her father, Atticus. Throughout the story as Scout grows up, she encounters many people and events that make her question her knowledge of what is …show more content…
Another example is Scout’s father, Atticus. Atticus, unlike Scout or Jim, can see the good and evil in people, and therefore is the book’s main moral guiding character. Throughout the book, Atticus is always trying to try and teach Scout and Jim how to look at other people’s points of views, and to try and understand them the way he himself does. In the book, there are many events in which Atticus understands something about someone that Scout and Jim cannot. For example, Scout and Jim cannot understand how Mayella Ewell can lie to a jury and get an innocent man killed, while Atticus can understand that this is because she doesn’t want to face the social backlash and shame from trying to kiss a black man. In the end of the book however, Scout finally realized how Atticus has been seeing things when she looks at her and Jim’s adventures from Boo Radley’s perspective. Throughout the book, Atticus is used as an explanation for the reader of how good and evil coexist in people throughout the story.
Harper Lee also uses the literary element of diction to show how good and evil coexist inside all people. Seeing as the entire story is told from a child’s point of view, the diction is formed in a way that is both innocent and understanding. For example, during the trial of Tom Robinson, an innocent black man wrongly accused of rape, Harper Lee writes in a way that explains the trial, along with a clear view of Atticus’s points and inner…

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