To Kill A Mockingbird Human Nature Analysis

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The Faults in Human Nature In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the author Harper Lee highlights the negative aspects of human nature through the eyes of a 7-year-old girl named Scout. Throughout the novel there are situations where the people of Maycomb fall under the influence of their neighbours, leading them to bring out a repugnant side of themselves. The townsfolk were filled with prejudice against the blacks in their community simply for the fact that they did not understand the way they live. This is usually caused by heredity because children are taught from a young age only one opinion, and presume it is right. Sadly, not knowing any better, they discriminate against them, not knowing what else to do. Mob mentality tends to break out when a group of people feel the need to act on their feelings, usually through violence. Throughout the novel, there are many antagonistic personalities that are shown through, which are…show more content…
When the mob in Maycomb came to harm Tom Robinson in chapter 15 they had every intention for getting revenge on Tom for the rape he was accused of: “I looked around and up at Mr. Cunningham, whose face was equally impassive. He then did a particular thing. He squatted down and took me by my shoulders. “I’ll tell him you said hey, little lady,” he said.” (175) If it were not for Scout, Walter would have been more concise and persistent with harming Tom. Scout helped him realize the faults in what his actions were generating. The sad part about mobs is that people are peer pressured into joining them, because it is their neighbours and friends that are involved. Although mob mentality was only featured once in the novel, it was an important lesson that helped teach Scout that good people do bad things sometimes, and also to help them see right from the

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