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To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

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So this is an essay i wrote for my gr 10 academic English class, everyone's welcome to read it and maybe get a sense of it (:

To Kill a Mockingbird

Albert Einstein once said, “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” In her novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee proves that people of all age and races need courage in order to get through even one day of their lives. This novel shows that no matter who you are you can do what you believe in, as long as you are brave and stand up for yourself. Lee shows different situations, in which courage is needed, from children and their ...view middle of the document...

It was stories like this that scared younger children enough that they become too scared to even walk by the Radley’s house and would often run. A young boy named Charles Baker “Dill” Harris comes to live with his aunt for the summer and becomes Scout’s and Jem’s neighbor and friend. Dill dared Jem to go touch the Radley house and after three days Jem gave in, “‘I hope you’ve got it through your head that he’ll kill us each and every one, Dill Harris,’ said Jem... ‘Don’t blame me when he gouges your eyes out. You started it, remember.’”(13-14). After Jem went up to the house the children would dare each other to do things like that and were just proving to each other that they are more brave than the other. Boo does eventually come out after saving Jem and Scout from the towns drunk, Bob Ewell from killing them. After Boo saves the Finch children, Scout finally learns that all she had to do was face her fears, and that Boo really is just a normal person even though many rumors have been spread about him.

Bravery is also a key theme in the novel, without bravery to help an individual stand up for what is believed to be moral; everyone would be silent in the sea of faulty world aspects. Scout is a prime example of boldness. On her first day of school Scout is faced with a person of authority whom she is not fond of. Miss Caroline, Scouts teacher is new in Maycomb and does not yet understand how everything works in the area. When Walter Cunningham does not bring a lunch to school, Miss Caroline offers him some money to buy himself something to eat. “‘Go eat downtown today. You can pay me back tomorrow.’ … Impatience crept into Miss Caroline’s voice: ‘Here Walter, come get it.’” This insisting further embarrasses Walter as his poverty is clearly visible. “Walter Cunningham’s face told everybody in the first grade he had hookworms. His absence of shoes told us how he got them.” (19) However, Miss Caroline obviously does not realize this. As a result, Scout decides to explain to Miss Caroline the situation in which she has put Walter in. “The Cunningham’s never took anything they can’t pay back… You’re shamin’ him, Miss Caroline. Walter hasn’t got a quarter at home to bring you, and you can’t use any stovewood.”(20-21) Scout unfortunately gets scolded for her bravery to speak out as nobody else was brave enough to stand up to their teacher. This blunt courage may be expected because of Scout’s age, though as she is the daughter of Atticus Finch, she as well as her father has a good heart and shows clear evidence of that.

After Tom Robinson, a black man is falsely accused of raping a white woman he must stand up for himself and having Atticus Finch, a well respected lawyer defending him takes much courage from both of them. If a black man was accused of raping a white woman, in the 1930’s, falsely or not he would basically, automatically be thrown in jail or killed, ‘no questions asked’. Tom was accused of raping Mayella Ewell, the insignificant...

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