Minseung Ku March 28, 2015 English 9B Mr. Spradling Courage in To Kill A Mockingbird In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, protagonist Scout narrates the events she faces while growing up. At the second half of the novel, she begins to understand society is unjustly oppressing socially weaker beings based on their gender and race. However, Scout also finds out that there are people who help those oppressed ones, people who have courage. In To Kill A Mockingbird, courage means the ability to take action for the right thing despite knowing the following consequences. Within the text the idea of courage is examined constantly.
One of the pivotal themes in the novel is upholding the goodness. Initially, the readers must be wondering about the significance of the title “To Kill A Mockingbird” that shows little connection with the plot. The title is actually a symbolism used rather extensively in the novel. Mockingbird is a harmless bird which lives in tranquility and entertains people by singing beautifully. During Christmas, when Jem and Scout receive air guns as a present, Atticus warned his children that if they must shoot at living creatures, they are forbidden from shooting at the mockingbirds.
In Harper Lee's highly successful novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, the author uses the literary device of a metaphor as a major motif in the book. Set in the 1930s Deep South - a time of great prejudice and racism- the novel unfolds as an account of injustice to the most gracious yet unjustly accused citizens of the town of Maycomb. The gentle, but African-American Tom Robinson is unfairly put on trial for the alleged rape of young Mayella Ewell. Boo Radley is victimized and ostracized by the community based on the town fables that the citizens have created about him, forcing him to live in solitude inside his house. Atticus Finch is ridiculed by the townspeople for being a moral human being and sticking to his beliefs in defending an innocent colored man.
4. "Best way to clear the air is to have it all out in the open." - spoken by Atticus Finch, by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird This quote shows that it doesn’t hurt to tell the truth. 5. So it took an eight-year-old child to bring 'em to their senses.... That proves something - that a gang of wild animals can be stopped, simply because they're still human.
The frightened men try to save themselves by pretending to be birds. Euelpides claims that he is "Jim Crow, from way-down-south." Pisthetaerus says that he is "a yellow turtledove, from Turkey." (These are alterations by Webb. The concept of Jim Crow and the country of Turkey did not exist in the fifth century before Christ, the time when Aristophanes wrote this work.)
Sue Monk Kidd’s novel, “Secret Life of Bees,” based in South Carolina in the 1960s, explores a number of confronting and major issues, such as forgiveness and feminine power. It also explores the history of racism in America at this time, and the impacts and implications this had on the way many “coloured” people lived their lives. The story follows the life of Lily, a pre-adolescent girl, who has been through a lot after the death of her mother. This is mostly due to her father, whom she called T.Ray, ‘as daddy’ didn’t suit him. Rosaleen, Lily’s nanny is also a key character in this book, as she too escapes with Lily, as they attempt to escape from the hatred they have experienced.
The events throughout this story are seen through the eyes of a young girl named Scout. In the movie there is a scene of Scouts father, Atticus, he tells Boo and Tom “I’d rather you shoot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want if you can hit them, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mocking bird". The meaning of this quote has the mocking bird symbolizing the characters Boo and Tom being that a mocking bird does not have a song. Since a mockingbird does not sing its own song, we characterize it only by what the other birds sing.
To Kill A Mockingbird Literary Elements In the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Lee provides the novel with substantial amounts of literary elements. Of the many, on page 96, we are able to see more of Scout’s character and how her surrounding events bring out more of her inner personality. On page 96, Lee writes “My stomach turned to water and I nearly threw up when Jem held out the blanket and crept toward me.” This metaphor specifically focuses on how Scout felt upon hearing that Boo Radley was the one who put the blanket on her. Despite Boo doing the good deed of trying to keep Scout warm, Scout emphasizes that she was so shocked and frightened from hearing this she felt her stomach becoming as cold as water. This shows Scout’s prejudicial character for feeling immediate fear for the blanket because it was specifically Boo who put it on her.
How effective is Harper lee’s writing style in conveying the thematic concerns in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’? In ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, written in the 1950s after the Depression, Harper Lee displays the life of an American all based in Maycomb, Alabama 1930s and her perspective character is as a little girl called Jean "Scout" Finch. When Harper Lee wrote ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, she highlighted the social injustice of the morality and ethics, education throughout the town and racism. ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ is a study of human morality, which is the ethics of where people are individuals or follow the community. It also incorporates the moral education that lacks in Alabama from the lack of money given from the government during the Depression and the racism factor of segregation between the African Americans and the White Americans where the White Americans held injustice towards the African Americans for their colour and their ethnicity.