HElp me (to kill a mockingbird) help?
I need to write an essay on that racism is an evident in to kill a mockingbird!!!!!?
PLZ DONT SAY READ THE BOOK BECAUSE I HAVE ALREADY READ IT!
In the novel by Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird, we can see Scout and Jem Finch mature and grow. Through their loss of innocence we are able to see how their emotions and feelings change towards society. The story is told by Scout, a six year old girl living in New York through the times of The Depression. In their home is Scout, her brother Jem, their father Atticus, and their black cook and caretaker, Calpurnia.
Jem and Scout play often in the beginning of the story. As Jem hits his adolescence stage, he begins to drift from playing with Scout, but he is always there to help her learn right from wrong and to protect his sister. The court case of the Ewell’s vs. Tom Robinson is a large step where Jem begins to develop into adult understandings. At the trial he feels betrayal and a sort of loss for Mr. Robinson when he is found guilty. It is then that he begins to understand the social and racial issues present in his town and in the world around him.
Atticus Finch, father to Scout and Jem, is a lawyer who believes in fairness for whites and blacks. He takes cases for blacks and holds his head up high despite being looked down upon by those around him. Atticus is a widower, and he raises the children on his own, with the help of Calpurnia and his sister (not a part of the film version) Aunt Alexandria.
Calpurnia, the family cook has a big part in the rearing of the children. She is around from morning until night, caring for the family as if it was her own. She is a strong disciplinarian and is always there for the children. At one point in the literary version (not a part of the film) Calpurnia takes the children to her church and introduces them to the ways of the blacks in their community. Jem and Scout, although not at first, felt welcomed and enjoyed this “outing”.
Aunt Alexandria is Atticus’s sister, a strong-willed woman with a fierce devotion to her family. She clashes with Scout, as they are so different and Alexandria has only raised boys herself. Aunt Alexandria was a large part of the literary version of the story but was not in the film version.
Charles Baker Harris is nicknamed Dill. Dill is a summer visitor with a vivid imagination. He never seems to lose his childhood innocence in the film version, but in the literary version, towards the end of his part in the story, when he runs away and speaks of how he feels unwanted at home by his mother and new stepfather.
Arthur Radley also known as Boo is a type of a loner, a recluse, who never sets foot outside his house unless it is in the night where he can wander peacefully. Boo is one of the novel’s mockingbirds. He is an innocent bystander in their lives.
Many things were withheld from the film version of To Kill a Mockingbird; Scout’s first day of school which showed the social status of the people in the town, the “relationship” between Scout and Dill, which shows how she knows she will not be a child forever and looks forward to marrying Dill, and also the strong bonds between the family and Calpurnia. Other parts that were included in the literary version but not in the film include the arrival of Aunt Alexandria and her impact on the family, especially Scout and her relationship with her brother. She had a strong family sense and tried to instill this upon the Finches. The exclusion of Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose, an elderly, ill-tempered, racist woman who lives near the Finches is also evident. Although Jem believes that Mrs. Dubose is a thoroughly bad woman, Atticus admires her for the courage with which she battles her morphine addiction. Jem also learns to show caring and compassion to all, even though he feels that they may not deserve it.
A mockingbird is a harmless bird that makes the world more pleasant. In To Kill a Mockingbird, the mockingbird symbolizes Boo Radley and Tom Robinson, who were both peaceful people that never did any harm to anyone. To kill or harm them would be a sin. Scout’s father, Atticus, tells Scout and Jem, “I’d rather you shoot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you’ll go after birds. Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit’em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.”(p.69)
Harper Lee uses the mockingbird to symbolize Tom and Boo. When Atticus tells Jem and Scout that it is a sin to kill the mockingbird, this refers to the actions directed toward Tom and Boo. It was a sin to dislike Tom and Boo based on what others say about them. They were punished by the people in Maycomb because they did not have their own voice. There are many people without their own voice in our society. As it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, it is a sin to kill those without a voice. Scout realized that it was wrong to assume evil things about Boo Radley. It was unfortunate that the people of Maycomb did not realize their unfair treatment of Tom Robinson. The mockingbird has a very deep and powerful meaning. In general, it represents peacefulness, innocence, and kindness. It can also be applied to relationship between human beings. The mockingbird is a powerful symbol that echoes a strong meaning throughout the film and literary version.