To Kill a Mockingbird- the Effects of Loneliness

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The Effects of Loneliness essay The book To Kill a Mockingbird depicts a great deal of loneliness. Many people, as well as, their experiences are examples of loneliness during the duration of the plot. One example of this loneliness would be Mrs. Dubose struggling with her Morphine addiction and not wanting to die. Mayella Ewell, another example of loneliness in the story, deals with some very different forms of the same problem, Mayella does not even know if her own father loves her or not, this is an obvious victim of loneliness. One final example of a person who deals with this problem would be most importantly Boo Radley who with his almost non-existence in the Maywood community, could very well the prime example of loneliness in the book and maybe even in life. Mrs. Dubose at first presented herself in a way that portrayed the attitude of anger and hate. However, as the plot progresses the children find out the she really does care about how she presents herself and they see some of the struggles she faces. Sadly, though, this fact does not become apparent to the children until Mrs. Dubose dies. In the story Jem acts out against Mrs. Dubose’ hatful and racist remarks about his family, and his father in particular. When he knocks all of the flowers in her garden over, the children are required to visit her every day to read with her. She does this to keep her occupied while she is weaning herself off of her Morphine doses. Eventually she is able to quit with the help of the children. The real reason for her desire to quit was that she didn’t want to die addicted, so in other words, she cared what others thought about her. Also, she didn’t like the person she was as an addict because everyone was either scared of her or hated her and she just wanted to prevent herself from being alone. My second example of loneliness would have to be none other than Mrs.

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