Moral Quotes In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Maycomb is on edge; the racial divide is as sharp as a knife. Despite having lived there for their entire lives, young Scout and Jem Finch are naive to the extent the racial dynamics influence their lives. They are like many other members of Maycomb, holding prejuicides about those among them, notably their neighbor Bob Radley and Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape. Boo is a legend, depicted to be a monster and the young children cannot resist the allure of trespassing his house. In many benevolent acts, Boo makes his presence indirectly felt, later intervening in a dangerous situation to protect Scout and Jem. Their dad, Atticus, embodies the moral of the story and his unique virtue acts as a guide in Scout and Jem’s maturity. He defends…show more content…
He implies if one does not follow their conscience will, they will live overwhelmed by guilt. Here, the moral of human beings is threatened by the recurring subject of racism, as well as discrimination issues. Jem is an epitome of a corrupted person as he justifies that Atticus is wrong because everyone else thinks so. Nevertheless, he finds himself after the testimony is given. When it comes time for the trial, Jem follows it closely. Having grown up in the home of a lawyer, Jem understands the workings of the courtroom, besides its racial bias. Once the judge goes over the evidence, Jem becomes increasingly confident that Atticus won but his belief that Tom is innocent contrasts with what actually occurs: Tom is found guilty. While looking at Jem, Scout sees how his “shoulders jerked as if each ‘guilty’ was a separate stab between them.” By comparing Jem’s reaction to a “stab,” Lee not only shows Jem receiving blows of devastation over the case and feeling physically attacked but also points to the broader attack on things that Jem thought were once true. This is something that causes him great emotional pain as he has a hard time coming to terms with general unfairness. Jem has counted on the strength of bigotry but in
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