To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird is definitely an excellent novel in that
it portrays life and the role of racism in the 1930’s. A reader may
not interpret several aspects in and of the book through just the
plain text. Boo Radley, Atticus, and the title represent three such
things.

Not really disclosed to the reader until the end of the book,

Arthur "Boo" Radley plays an important role in the development of
both Scout and Jem. In the beginning of the story, Jem, Scout, and

Dill fabricate horror stories about Boo. They find Boo as a character
of their amusement, and one who has no feelings whatsoever. They
tried to get a peep at him, just to see what Boo looked like. Scout
connects Boo with the Mockingbird. Mrs. Maudie defines a mockingbird
as one who "...don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They
don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do
one thing but sing their hearts out for us" (94). Boo is exactly
that. Boo is the person who put a blanket around Scout and Jem when
it was cold. Boo was the one putting "gifts" in the tree. Boo even
sewed up Jem’s pants that tore on Dill’s last night. Boo was the one
who saved their lives. On the contrary to Scout’s primary belief, Boo
never harms anyone. Scout also realizes that she wrongfully treated

Boo when she thinks about the gifts in the tree. She never gave
anything back to Boo, except love at the end. When Scout escorts

Arthur home and stands on his front porch, she sees the same street
she saw, just from an entirely different perspective. Scout learns
what a Mockingbird is, and who represents one.

Arthur Radley not only plays an important role in developing

Scout and Jem, but helps in developing the novel. Boo can be divided
into three stages. Primitively, Boo is Scout’s worst nightmare.

However, the author hints at Boo actually existing as a nice person
when he places things in the tree. The secondary stage is when Mrs.

Maudie’s house burned to the ground. As Scout and Jem were standing
near Boo’s house, it must have been rather cold. So, Boo places a
warm and snug blanket around Scout and Jem, to keep them warm. This
scene shows Boo’s more sensitive and caring side of him, and shows
that he really has changed after stabbing his father. The last and
definitely most important stage is when he kills Bob Ewell to save

Scout and Jem. This stage portrays Boo as the hero and one who has
indefinitely changed his personality and attitudes. After the final
stage, Boo does not deserve to be locked up inside his house.

Atticus Finch is a man of strong morals. He follows them
exclusively, and does not hold up to the Finch family name, as defined
by Aunt Alexandria. Atticus is the most pure and good-hearted person
one may ever \'see.\' Although it does not seem like it, Scout will
evolve into her father; Jem will not. Scout finally understand all
the things he says. For example, in the beginning Atticus tells

Scout, "You never really understand a person until you consider things
from his point of view...until you climb into his skin and walk around
in it" (34). She then realizes that Mrs. Caroline did not know

Maycomb, and could not just learn it in one day. Scout comes to terms
that it was wrong to become upset with Mrs. Caroline. Scout learns
several other lessons. For example, on page 94, Atticus says his
most important line in the book, "...remember it’s a sin to kill a
mockingbird." Through clarifications from Mrs. Maudie, Scout accepts
her father’s words. Atticus also teaches his kids a lesson when he
defends Tom Robinson, an innocent black person. Although Atticus knew
from the instant he accepted the case that Tom had no chance, he had
to do his duty as an honest and impartial citizen of Maycomb. Atticus
poured his heart into defending Atticus, and did a damn fine job. He
taught his kids the right thing, that all individuals are created
equal. If Aunt Alexandria had raised Scout and Jem, they might have
not cried at the end of the trial; they would not want to hurt the

Finch family reputation. It was Atticus who received a standing
ovation from the Black’s Balcony. It is because of Atticus’ good
heart that Cal\'s black church accepted the children. Atticus has
probably built a better name for his family than Aunt Alexandria would
have, had she lived with the Finches.

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