To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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Essay Topic: To kill a mockingbird holds lessons relevant to humanity that every generation needs to learn. Do you agree? Harper Lee’s ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ holds many lessons that upcoming generations need to learn and use in their everyday lives. The title itself tells readers that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, not only does this mean its literal meaning but is more about the principle of harming anything that has not committed any wrong. The title is displayed throughout the story multiple times. The first being when Jem and scout are learning to use their new air rifles, “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.” – Atticus. The title also applies to Tom Robinson and Arthur (boo) Radley, two men that were only trying to commit good deeds and were frowned upon or punished because of it. Learning to respect the different ways that people go about living their lives is a lesson that is portrayed during the book. This is demonstrated when Walter Cunningham is invited over for dinner and does so in a different manner. "He's gone and drown-ded his dinner in syrup and then he's pourin' it all over." – Scout. In the kitchen, the black housekeeper Calpurnia gives Scout a lesson about manners and tolerance: “That boy is your company. And if he wants to eat up that tablecloth, you let him, you hear? And if you can't act fit to eat like folks, you can just set here and eat in the kitchen.” At this point Scout takes on this lesson and matures in a way. To Kill A Mockingbird sends a strong message about racism and how it is not acceptable to judge someone on their skin color or race. Tom Robinson being of dark skinned background is targeted by nineteen year old Mayella Ewell, she lives a miserable and lonely life, hated by whites and prohibited from befriending blacks. However, she breaks a social taboo by

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