To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Harper Lee uses characters and conflicts, such as family conflict, racial discrimination, inner conflict and conflict between friends to convey important ideas within To Kill a Mockingbird. Both the adult characters and the children help teach us about being partial to the imperfections of humans and looking past what is being said about a person. Atticus, the father of Jem and Scout, tries to impress certain ideas on his children and those around him. Yet it is not only his character which we learn from. Dill and Scout are both very observant and perceptive, teaching us morals of acceptance, in their own innocent way. Harper Lee introduces the concept of family conflict through the character of Boo Radley, who was ostracised by his parents for a mistake he made as a teenager. Dill, in his childhood innocence, is able to see past the scary, ghost legend of the man locked inside his own house, to the gentle, wronged soul underneath. “Why do you think Boo Radley’s never run off? ... Maybe he has nowhere to run off to.” From this we can learn to not get caught up in what is being said about someone, to discover who they really are as a person. Racial discrimination is demonstrated by Harper Lee through out To Kill a Mockingbird, especially in the character of Tom Robinson. The allegations, lack of physical evidence and the subsequent decision to label him ‘guilty’, all because he is a Negro, is wholly morally and ethically wrong. They say it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, as they “don’t do anything but make music for us to enjoy”, yet Tom, a symbol of all that is innocent and meant to be protected, is slandered by the townsfolk. Dill’s teary reaction to this conflict is very powerful and helps to teach us about being humane to others, even if they seem alien or a little different, and not judging a person by the colour of their skin.

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