Choosing the Right Path in Life: To Kill a Mockingbird

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Kiah Lyons
Mrs. Farrands
Honors English II
30 October 2012
As children, we are taught simply that something whether it is a person, object, or belief is simply good or bad. We can classify or identify what is good or bad using three sources. Typically our beliefs are primarily based on what our household says. Society also has a large role in our views as well. If something is illegal, outlawed, or even frowned upon by society it is considered bad. However, saying something is acceptable or not acceptable is something completely different from what our actions say. Many parents use the saying: Do as I say, not as I do. Sometimes we know something goes against what is right or against or morals but we do it regardless. Scout sees that in most instances; what those in her household tell her, what society tells her, and what her family and society does do not all coincide. This is evident when analyzing two main topics of the book which are race and Boo Radley.

Atticus always tells Scout and Jem the importance of treating colored people equally if not better. While talking to Mr. Raymond, Scout tells him that Atticus told her “cheatin’ a colored man is ten times worse than cheatin’ a white man, Says it’s the worst thing you can do” (Lee 205). While defending Tom Robinson, Atticus told the court: “The truth is this: some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women-black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men” showing his strong belief of equality among all men no matter what their skin color may be (Lee 208). Even though Atticus strongly believes in the quote from Thomas Jefferson that “All men are created equal”, Aunt Alexandra tended to have a different perspective regarding colored men and women (Lee 208). This is strongly evident in the way she treats and talks about Calpurnia. When Aunt Alexandra first arrived, instead of a cordial greeting she tells...
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