To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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To Kill a Mockingbird Thematic Essay Have you ever been put in a situation where you were forced to put yourself in their place, or look at the situation form his/her point of view? Sometime in a person’s life they must be put under a situation where they must examine this situation not only from their point of view, but of others point of view as well as well. Doing this will enable someone to have a look at the situation from different perspectives. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, it explores civil rights and racism in the southern U.S. in the 1930’s. The story is told through Scout Finch whose father is Atticus Finch, an attorney who struggles to prove the innocence of Tom Robinson, who is a black man falsely accused of rape. The book is also about Boo Radley, a mysterious neighbor who saves Scout and her brother Jem from being killed. In this book Harper Lee discusses her theme of seeing a situation form another’s point of view through her characters, and also expresses her theme through symbolism. In part one of “To Kill a Mockingbird” Harper Lee implements many conversations between the characters that take place, which lead to the theme of the book. In the beginning of the book when Scout returns from school disappointed Atticus gives her advice on how to get along with others, he tells her, “First of all, if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks, you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view” (30). Scout is told this because Scout is mad at Miss. Caroline who told her not to read at home anymore. Scout sometimes cannot understand why people are the way they are and that’s why Atticus gives her that advice. In another situation in which Lee implements her theme was when Dill, Jem, and Scout where thinking of ways to get Boo Radley out of his home.

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