Jem and Scout are both children of a passionate lawyer, Atticus Finch. The children are exposed to experiences that shape their right and wrong. Both kids have their own ways of dealing with the wrongs and both end up with 2 different conclusions on how the human race behaves. Jem and Scout are exposed to life changing experiences at a very young age. One experience is with Boo Radley who was the mysterious man who never leaved his house, and they always thought he was evil and they were all afraid of him, but then he saved them from being attacked but during the attack Jem was knocked out could so he never saw who saved them but Scout did.
The novel does not solely highlight racial prejudice, through characters such as Tom Robinson, but it also illuminates the gullibility of society and how dubious figures of evidence can cause prejudice to an individual, such as Boo Radley. In the novel, Boo Radley is not accepted nor does he fit into Maycomb society because he is different from the other residents of Maycomb and due to his idiosyncrasy, he is punished by the very judgemental society of Maycomb County. In the words of Miss Stephanie Crawford, ‘One day Boo was cutting the newspaper with scissors, and when his father passed "Boo drove the scissors into his parent's leg, pulled them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activity". According to Stephanie Crawford’s account, Boo just sat there after stabbing his father without any confession or regrets for his actions. Similarly, there were many hollow rumours running around the county based on Boo Radley, and the majority of the residents of Maycomb decided these unjustified stories resulting in the alienation of Boo.
As the famous saying says “Assumed guilty until proven innocent”, this is the case for Boo Radley. Nobody really knew Boo but everyone judged him and said bad stuff about him just because he was different. Mr. Ewell tries to kill Scout and Jem near the end of the book. He breaks Jem’s arm but then Boo Killed Mr. Ewell and saved Scout and Jem’s life. "Atticus was right.
When Scout stands on the Radley porch, she suddenly realizes why Boo Radley behaves the way he does in the novel. Tom Robinson is also a character in this novel where misinterpretation takes place throughout his life. For example, during the trial Bob Ewell testifies and points to Tom and says, “I seen that black nigger yonder ruttin’ on my Mayella”(Lee, 173). As a result, people visualize Tom as an evil person and believe he is responsible for the rape of Mayella. The truth is, the people of Maycomb are judgmental towards him because of his race and due to the rumors that
He is simply “the Arab.” The prisoner is just a farmer who kills his cousin due to “a family squabble,” for grain. As a matter of fact, having always lived under French law and authority with no education, facilities and independence, an Arab can follow only the negative aspects of life because he is unemployed and indifferent about the consequences of his actions. The Arab hardly knows why he kills his cousin as he states “he ran away, I ran after him.” Since he cannot speak French, he cannot justify himself. Moreover, he is arrested not according to the Arab justice but by the French colonizer. A little is said about Daru’s physical characteristics or Balducci’s, instead the Arab features are described in some details.
Heck also went wrong when he didn’t get everyone’s side of the story; he only got the Ewells side. That’s when the sheriff took their word and arrested Tom Robison. This is one person who has part responsibility in the lost life of Tom Robison. Bob Ewell is known as a drunken and an unemployed member of the poorest white family in Maycomb County. This is a reason why Bob’s version of the story should have been revaluated.
Although all the evidence Atticus has gotten together points to Tom Robinson, the Jury is made up of all white farmers who are all racists and they found Tom guilty the second he was accused. Tom is then sent to prison and is ultimately killed. this is a form of prejudice because although Tom was a good man the people of MAycomb judged him without listening to the true facts. another tiype of prejudice in to kill a mocking bird is social prejudice. Social classes are of extreme importance in the town of Maycomb and it rules how everything works.
The story is enjoyable for its humorous portrayal of a family embarking on a vacation; O'Connor has been unforgiving in her portrayal of these characters. Misfit can be determine as sympathetic because he was wrongly punished, he had no other option than killing the family and polite and well mannered. Firstly, Misfit was wrongly accused for killing his father and was punished and sent to jail. I think Misfit did not killed his father because if he did he would remember it. He asks for the proof and paper work from cops but they did not show him.
To Kill a Mockingbird focuses on “Maycomb’s usual disease,” as a pivotal part of the book, but also shows that compassion and wisdom can exist in these most bleak areas. The prejudice and bigotry comes from the lack of knowledge of Maycomb, and their fear to change what they have grown up with. Pre-conceived ideas are the main reason that Maycomb is ignorant of black people as they are afraid what a change of those pre-conceived ideas will bring. Even so, compassion still exists, as Atticus is able to save Scout and Jem from the influence of ‘Maycomb’s usual disease.’ Wisdom is also embodied by Atticus, where his wisdom, which is not necessarily knowledge but life experience, is able to force him to do things which are right, shown in his reluctant shooting of the rabid dog. The lack of knowledge in Maycomb about the outside world and their opinions about black people ingrains ‘Maycomb’s usual disease’ into their minds as they have no other opinions about black people.
When Allie died, Holden smashed every window in his garage; his violent action foreshadowed his later self-destructive personality. Holden has been suffering from the loneliness of his brother’s death since he was thirteen. He never confronted this pain and instead avoids it; Holden is a compulsive liar and he distances himself from people by being cynical. By distancing himself from people, Holden believes he can never feel the pain that occurs as a result of a beloved, deceased individual. While Holden uses his self-imposed alienation as a defense, he is unaware that it severely damages his well-being.