What Are The Obstacles In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Taylor Harris Mrs. Martyn Comp./Lit 9 Period 5 11 December 2015 TKMB Essay Draft Misfit Mockingbirds In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee tells the story of the Finch family, who lives in the small town of Maycomb. The children of the Finch family, Scout and Jem grow up throughout the book while going about many obstacles. Atticus, their father, is a lawyer who is defending a black man in court named, Tom Robinson, despite the odds against him. Besides the life at the courthouse, many things take place back home on their quiet neighborhood. Scout and Jem along with others, try to get a look at their scary no-show neighbor, Boo Radley. As each of these events take place, both Tom and Boo can be…show more content…
The same goes for Tom Robinson, the first mockingbird in the novel. Tom was convicted of raping and injuring Mayella Ewell, Bob Ewell’s daughter. Before being convicted, Tom was an innocent black man trying to support his family in any way he could. Tom is an African American and is already discriminated by society just by the color of his skin. Bob and Mayella see this weakness of Tom’s and use it to their advantage. In the beginning of the book, Atticus tells Scout and Jem “I'd rather you shot at tin cans in the backyard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 119). After being sent to prison, Tom is shot dead trying to escape. As Atticus’ references that it is a sin to kill the innocent bird, Tom can be compared to one because he was an innocent man who was brought down by society just because of his…show more content…
Arthur. Boo’s house was the house in the neighborhood that no one wanted to go too. It was dark, scary and watched over the entire neighborhood. Since he never came out of his house, there were many myths that “Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that's why his hands were bloodstained -- if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off” (Lee 16). Boo did none of the things the myths accused him of doing. Instead, he did the opposite by leaving Jem and Scout gifts in the tree trunk to prove himself to them. Boo was an innocent man from the start and was judged by society for being a psychopath before they even met him. Boo never leaves his house because he is afraid of being judged and because of this he has had no contact with anyone, and has become shy and withdrawn. When he saves Scout and Jem from Bob Ewell, Scout sees that “his lips parted into a timid smile, and our neighbor's image blurred with my sudden tears” (Lee 362). This implies that Boo has gone from the once unknown myth, to the hero with a kind

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