To Kill a Mocking Bird Essay

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To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

Many athletes are over emphasized as the greatest, such as Kobe Bryant, of the L.A. Lakers. Though he is a great individual basketball player and arguably one of the best in the game, were would he be without the likes of Shaq, Lamar Odom, Andrew Bynum, and Pao Gasol. I could assure you he wouldn’t be on the way to another NBA championship opportunity. Well the fact of having a supporting cast applies to sports as well as the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. While the major characters dominate the story they would not have developed without minor characters.

In To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee uses Mrs. Merriweather in a very pivotal way as she shows that though Jem and Scout live in a very racist southern city that they believe in what they belive is right not what others think. Mrs.Merriweather a very racist and yet a practicing Methodistshows a resemblance in a certain way to the stereotypical Maycomb citizen.Harper Lee shows that racism is a huge factor during the time the novel was set, as we see during the Tom Robinson trial. The first example we get of Mrs. Merriweather get is when she says “Amazing grace how sweet the sound that saved a wretch like me” it shows that she is religious and close to her faith. Also we see her true colors and the racist side of her when she says, “living in a jungle with nobody but J. Grimes Everett”, “not a white person will go there but that saintly j grimes Everett”. This shows that Miss merriweather is against anything to do with blacks and that if a white person befriends a black she wont talk to them we see this with the she acts about Atticus defending a black man. Lastly is the final quality of miss merriweather which is hypocrisy the way Harper Lee shows miss Merriweathers hypocrisy is through a remark were she was talking in that group but was speaking directly to miss Perkins she says “hypocrites, miss Perkins born hypocrites at least we don’t have that sin on...
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