Harper Lee 's ' Kill A Mockingbird '

1331 WordsJan 15, 20166 Pages
Some things in life are not actually what they seem. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, certain characters are judged by their external appearance rather than who they really are on the inside. The novel displays that an impeded point of view can cause an individual to perceive things completely different than they what actually are. Throughout the novel, the main character, Scout, has many illusions which ultimately prove to be false. During Scout’s maturation process, she learns to differentiate illusion from reality and also learns a vital lesson on why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. In the beginning of the novel, Scout has many misconceptions concerning Boo Radley. Due to Maycomb’s judgemental ways, rumors provoke Scout to view Boo Radley as a mean, squirrel eating monster. At the beginning of the novel, Boo is feared by the people of Maycomb, especially Scout, Dill, and Jem. “Boo was about six- and- a- half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch. There was a long jagged scar that run across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time” (Lee 16). This fraudulent description by Jem exhibits how both the children as well as the rest of Maycomb viewed Boo. As the novel progresses, the three children continue to try and get Boo out of the house he has been in for years. Jem, Dill, and Scout create several childish schemes in attempt to get the
Open Document