A Mockingbird, By Harper Lee

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Zwierschke 1 Alicia Zwierschke Mrs. Reade ENG2D4 19 May 2015 Man’s Inhumanity to Man in “To Kill a Mockingbird” A mockingbird is a harmless bird that makes the world a more pleasant place. In “To Kill a Mockingbird”, by Harper Lee, the mockingbird symbolizes Boo Radley and Tom Robinson/ They were both more than peaceful people who never did harm, until a man’s inhumanity hurt them or ruined their life. This novel exposes the inhumanity through various scenario’s throughout the telling of Scout’s story. Lee’s prize-winning novel has remained quite popular since its publication in 1960. Recalling her experiences as a six year old girl from an adult perspective, Jean Louise Finch, nicknamed “Scout”, describes the circumstances involving her widowed father, Atticus, and his legal defense of Tom Robinson who is a local black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. In the three years surrounding and during the trial, Scout and her brother, Jem, witness the unjust consequences of inhumanity, prejudice and hate, while at the same time witnessing the values of courage and integrity through their father’s example and guidance. The heroic character of Atticus Finch has been proved to be a role model of moral virtue and an extraordinary character which lawyers can learn from. “To Kill a Mockingbird” was published during the Civil Rights movement and was held as an accurate novel of the Zwierschke 2 Southern racist society. The novel has also been adapted into a film in 1962 as a

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