To Kill A Mockingbird Character Analysis

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After reading the well-acclaimed novel To Kill a Mockingbird, there are a few takeaways from this book. Harper Lee writes about the cruelty of the world that we live in. Lee opens our eyes to show that the world isn’t always peaceful, she reminds the reader of the crisis we all live in. Through the judgments of many characters presented in To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee gives the reader a message that people shouldn’t make assumptions about a person because of their actions and appearance.
Harper Lee shows how Atticus Finch is judged by people and how that point connects to the main theme. Further into the book, there comes a time when Atticus is assigned to a court case where he is supposed to defend an African-American. According to the setting portrayed in To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus would be mocked and highly looked down upon due to him defending a black man. The author shows Atticus’s innocence by writing, “‘I’m simply defending a Negro—his name’s Tom Robinson.’” (page 77) This quote demonstrates that Atticus has no choice in defending an African-American and that it’s his obligation to do so. Lee shows that people have assumed him as a traitor when this is based on one court case out of many. Another scene in the book where we see Atticus getting judged is when Miss Caroline, Scout’s teacher, assumes that Atticus has taught Scout to read. Miss Caroline says to Scout, “‘Now you tell your father not to teach you any more. It’s best to begin reading with a fresh
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