To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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Between a moral education and an education inside of a classroom, which is more important? Let’s not pretend that being in a classroom is the better choice here. It is obvious that knowing how to read and write and do your multiplication tables is very important, but having good morals is what will help you to succeed, and go further, in life. In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mocking Bird, there is obvious contrast between these two types of education, and it is also made obvious that a moral education is much, much more important. Learning to have good morals is the single most important thing you can do with your life. It is the difference between knowing right from wrong, and not knowing where that line is. In TKAM the character Bob Ewell has bad morals, and this single fact causes his death. Bob Ewell is such a cruel and unforgiving character. At one point in the book it is stated “…Bob Ewell stopped Atticus on the post office corner, spat in his face, and told him he’d get him if it took the rest of his life” (Lee, Harper. #217) If he had, had any good morals whatsoever he would’ve just went on with his daily life and left well enough alone. Another thing is that getting a moral education can sometimes be rewarding. For instance, say you find someone’s wallet on the ground, and there’s two hundred dollars in it, plus let’s say, five credit cards. If you really wanted to you could keep the cash and max out the credit cards. But, that would be bad, wouldn’t it? If you have good morals you would return the wallet to its rightful owner, and it’s quite possible that they would reward you with some type of payment. On the other hand, how far will you really go in life if you never go to school? You would never have a job, unless you could somehow find a job where you never have to read, write, do math, or know basic knowledge. School helps you to learn, and

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