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To Kill A Mockingbird Literary Analysis Essay

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On March 4, 1933, Franklin D. Roosevelt stated in his first inauguration speech, “So, first of all, let me assert my firm belief that the only thing we have to fear is fear itself, nameless, unreasoning, unjustified terror which paralyzes needed efforts to convert retreat into advance," (Baughman). This quote translates to a confusing concept at first, but once discussed is practical: the fear of an individual should not be the concern, yet it should be the damage fear itself has on one. Little did we know at the time that this quote, "the only thing we have to fear is fear itself” would turn into “the very symbol” of Roosevelt’s Presidency (Baughman). Almost 30 years later, To Kill a Mockingbird was published with hidden traces of fear…show more content…
Also, knowing he has to make a change in Maycomb, Atticus stands up for Tom Robinson and personally gives him the benefit of the doubt. "At one end of the spectrum are people who fear and hate, such as the members of the jury who convict an innocent man of rape because of his race." (Telgen) Atticus knows that this statement was the sole reason for Tom losing the trial. Lack of his fear, Atticus would have been more stuck up and only focused on his work, compared to his children and their education. Speaking of the Tom Robinson case, Bob and Mayella Ewell had their own fears, for all the wrong reasons. Bob is suggested to be an abusive father towards his daughter Mayella secretly, but they are slowly disappearing from the “socially acceptable” pool of people. The Ewells fear being forgotten and thought of as the poor, useless family. All they want is to be pitied and noticed. Mayella Ewell claimed that Tom Robinson, a black man, had taken advantage of her while she had him destroy a chiffarobe. “I said come here, n*****, and bust up this chiffarobe for me, I gotta nickel for you,”(Lee). Witnesses say they heard cries coming from the house, and when Bob Ewell rushed inside, Tom was long gone, and Mayella was lying on the ground with furniture spewed around the room.. After being taken to the
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