#22 To Kill A Mockingbird

 

To Kill a Mockingbird is an eternal story. It shows us all the things that we don’t want to see. It revealed s the power of racism, stereotypes, and prejudice. It showed us things that we don’t want to think even know about, like “the simple hell people give other people-without even thinking” (pg 229) that they’re people too. We don’t want to see this, because it reminds us that we are all evil, whether that means  that we don’t respect people of a different color, or that we judge others for spending too much time outdoors. These things were all portrayed in To Kill a Mockingbird. After reading it, , I wanted to change the way our society views race, because it has driven a wedge in-between every single one of us, causing resentment, anger, and even causingmakes people to lash out inwith violence.

There are many examples of how racism has affected our world. For example, I.S.I.S originated only because colonizers in Europe came and established that one tribe was better than the other, so then they tried to kill each other. Another example of how racism affected our world is the 1600s and the e the start of global slave trade. While those are past examples of racism I believe that To Kill a Mockingbird is an example of how racism has affected us, in a way which is timeless. I think that Harper Lee wrote the book to open our eyes to the destruction that everyday racism has created. I know this is still a dilemma – 50 years later – but I think we are slowly moving towards equity for all. I see the light at the end of the tunnel, and therefore, I believe that To Kill A Mockingbird will become obsolete, like an antique computer. Right now, though, it still seems very relevant.

The heroine of the book is Scout, the narrator, who is a young girl. Scout is unlike the rest of society; she is clearly ready to fall, and get hurt for Tom Robinson, and other people of color. Instead of “keeping your mouth shut or talking their language” (pg 143), she made them see. Through her kindness, she showed Walter a kind of lightheartedness when she showed him her family, and what it means to be accepted somewhere other than your own home. She did this even after Walter got her in trouble. She also showed Mr. Radley some kindness, inadvertently, by relating him to Stoner’s boy, and saying “why he hadn’t done any of those things……. Atticus, he was real nice”(pg 323) . In the end, I believe that if she were real, her light and innocence could have made a real and serious impact in today’s society.

I believe that Scout was the  real heroine, but I think she would be completely different without Atticus. He taught her many valuable lessons. When we first met Walter, Scout learned that she needed to “climb into his skin, and walk around for a bit” (85). Atticus also showed her “what the truth is” (page 197). I think that when he showed her the truth, h. He showed her how blacks and whites are all the same, though they were   portrayed differently in the 1930s. He was the reason that they weren’t taken by Maycomb’s usual disease of racism. Atticus walked them through good times and bad, he helped them learn what common decency was by stopping them from bothering Boo. He taught them to be themselves, by letting them talk to Mrs. Dubose and Ms. Maudie. Atticus showed them how to be more than just morally “good” children, but also to use their conscience in a way no one else in Maycomb could.

While Atticus is one is side of the spectrum, I believe that Bob Ewell is on the other side of the spectrum. He is a greedy, easygoing, drunkard who does nothing but ruin everyone’s lives around him. He’s a drunkard who beats his daughter and his children, while slowly wasting away their money which they got from the church. He is a liar whose only compulsion is to redeem his already dirty honor. He was even so mad, that he was willing to kill children, just to get back at a man who he lost to in a court of law. He drove Tom Robinson so far up the wall that he killed himself. Mr. Ewell is an evil man, people need to see how racism changes people, for example Robert E. Lee. Mr. Ewell was a man who needed to get some help, but was so self obsessed that he managed to get himself killed.

To Kill a Mockingbird is a real book. An eternal book, as I wrote. Not just a fiction book that kind of relates to society, but also a book that perfectly embodies society as it ought to be. It impacted the world of the 1960’s  in a way that I doubt any other book could, by reminding us that we judge people wrongly, based off of the color of their skin.

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