Overcoming Obstacles In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“Well, these sad and hopeless obstacles are welcome in one sense, for they enable us to look with indifference upon the cruel satires that Fate loves to indulge in” (Thomas Hardy). The definition of an obstacle is a thing, mental or physical, that blocks one's way or prevents or hinders progress. A common theme in literature is having to do with overcoming obstacles and ways to solve problems despite them. The mockingbird from Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, Harrison Bergeron from Kurt Vonnegut Jr.’s “Harrison Bergeron,” and the situations from Rudyard Kipling’s “If” each function as a symbol to reveal that you will have to overcome obstacles no matter what.
To Kill a Mockingbird’s mockingbird, which is Tom Robinson, adds to the idea that obstacles are present in everyone’s life; some more than others. In the book, Atticus asserts, “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy...That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 119). Atticus’s point is that mockingbirds are innocent creatures who do nothing but sing. Hence, the reason why Atticus told Jem, “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 119). Since Tom Robinson is reflecting the mockingbird as a symbol, he is shown to be innocent of the accusations placed on him, but he is shot seventeen times, which is overkill, for just trying to escape. Going back to what Atticus said about killing a mockingbird, it shows that Tom

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