Nothing Essay

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Brandon Montellano Mr. Nadherny Patterns in Literature, Period 5 11 November 2011 Themes of To Kill a Mockingbird “It is a sin to kill a mockingbird” Said by Atticus Finch, father of two children and a defender of an innocent man, Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman who is put in court for the act he did not do. In the story to kill a mocking bird, Scout, the daughter of Atticus, sees many different themes such as prejudice, intoerance and courage shown and demonstrated trough out many characters and especially through the Tom Robinson case. Prejudice today is nothing different than it was back than where people judge and say thing about others who they see through a foggy window. Though many types of prejudice are present in the story, racial prejudice twards blacks is extreamly abondent through out the story as it takes place in the 1930s. Tom Robinson is the biggest and most important exsample in the story.Tom was convicted for raping a white woman because the whites had all pointed thier fingers at him because he was black, and with Atticus, believing Tom and going against what the rest of Maycomb believed, was Tom's lawyer. "Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don't pretend to understand" (Lee 88). All though Tom is found gullty, even after all evidece pointing at Mr. Ewel, it is just another way that the whites had been brought up to think that all black were low forms of life. As shown in the story when Cecil Jacobs said, when the were discussing the Jews persecution in class one day, "Ain't no cause to persecute them, they're white aren't they?" (Lee 245). Calpurnia, the Finch's black housemaid, tries to let people know that black are not lower than whites. Calprnia explained how she needs to talk different in front of whites because it gives a different mood

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