Kill A Mockingbird, By Harper Lee

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“‘...Mockingbirds...don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us [anyone and everyone]. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird…’” (Lee 119). In the Pulitzer Prize winning novel of 1961 To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee tells the story of a young girl by the name of Jean Louise (Scout) Finch and her older brother Jeremy Atticus (Jem) Finch, and what their lives were like growing up in Maycomb, Alabama during 1933-35. Scout and her brother Jem are both children of the morally passionate lawyer, Atticus Finch, and both are exposed to the same experiences that shape their sense of right and wrong. Yet Scout and Jem come to dramatically different conclusions about good and evil and the essential nature of humankind. “‘...This case, Tom Robinson’s case, is something that goes to the essence of a man’s conscience…’” (Lee 139). Atticus always makes it a point to explain what’s happening in the world when Jem and Scout don’t understand. The knowledge that Atticus provides his children is the foundation to their morals. In accepting this case to defend Tom Robinson Atticus is teaching his kids that even though Tom is a colored man he’s still someone worth remembering. Someone who if Atticus doesn’t defend him, and at least try to prove to the world he’s innocent, it will make Atticus no better than people like the Ewells, who were the ones that managed to get the Finch family into this dubious event in the first place. This is related to the sin of killing a mockingbird
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