How Does Lee Show Sacrifice In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Rhea Jain Period 7 10/31/11 Judging Destruction. Damage. Death. Pain in the form of those three words can hurt innocent people all around the world. Many people are not aware of who or what they are hurting, and how it will affect them in the long run. Many have heard the statement “do to others as you would want them to do to you.” The statement from kindergarten; but do we follow this? No, we don’t. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee demonstrates that judging innocent people is a moral crime. Lee shows this by having her characters learn this lesson. Jean Louise Finch, a.k.a Scout, learns this lesson when her father gives air rifles to Jem and her for Christmas, but warns her that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. She, at that…show more content…
When he got up and walked across the porch into the shadows, his youthful step had returned. Before he went inside the house, he stopped in front of Boo Radley. ’Thank you for my children, Arthur,’ he said.” (276) This shows and supports my claim of the characters of this book could re-teach the lesson. Finally, Lee shows that her characters use this lesson in an event, in this case, taken place at the courtroom in the summer. Tom Robinson, a Negro, is charged for the rape of Mayella Ewell, a white female of the age of 19. Even though all the evidence suggests and even proves Robinson is innocent, he is charged guilty. Scout, watching from the colored man’s balcony, sees this and asks her father about it later. He says that in this case, Tom Robinson was the mockingbird and racism is the ‘air rifle’ that was shooting him. Morally incorrect, that is what it is called. Do you see how the society can be wrong about morally correct and incorrect ideas? The title of this novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, shows he idea of innocence being harmed by people that are out to hurt them. Society will get into great trouble if it happens and does not stop. Three words; Twenty-two letters: Destruction. Damage.
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