To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Quote

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The quote by Harper Lee in To Kill a Mockingbird, “People generally see what they look for and hear only what they listen for.” was said by the character Judge Taylor. In other words people will see and hear what they want to. It also means that if someone doesn’t want to hear or see something they most likely won’t. This shows a lot about Judge Taylor’s character because it shows that he is willing to look at the facts and not just what he wants or believes to be true or false. A personal experience is when my parents weren’t listening to my whole story about why I hadn’t handed in home work and that got me very angry. The people in the story can connect to this because of the amount of segregation there was in the town and how rumors were spread and the pure hatred of one type of person. An example is how all of the white folks in town think all of the black people are dirty and cannot be trusted. The quote connects to the Tom Robinson case because the entire town has this hatred of blacks and how blacks live so they say things that they don’t know are true and see things that might not have really happened. The quote connects to the lives of Boo Radley, Tom Robinson, Mayella Ewell, and Dolphus Raymond. It relates to boo Radley because the whole town is singling him out to be such a bad person when he seems like he just doesn’t want to go out. It also shows that you shouldn’t judge a book by its cover. The quote also connects to Tom Robinson’s life because he is struggling with segregation and he is being put on trial for something he did not do just because he is black and Mayella came on to him. He also relates to the quote because he is wrongly convicted of raping Mayella, even though everybody knows he did not but they just see things the way they want to see it and the way they see it is that it is one more black man out of the way. Mayella Ewell’s life

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