To Kill a Mockingbird

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“What lies behind you and what lies in front of you, pales in comparison to what lies inside of you” (Ralph Waldo Emerson). To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a novel about people in the 30’s who show a number of different themes. Firstly, maturity is shown a lot near the end of the novel and during Tom Robinson’s trial. Secondly, racism is a huge part of this novel because a lot of people were judgemental and didn’t approve other races. Lastly, loyalty appears throughout the novel, especially during the trial. Many people in have really grown to be much better people as a result in these challenging times. Maturity is shown throughout many parts of To Kill a Mockingbird, especially after the trial and everything the town has been through. One way maturity is shown is when Scout Finch beat up Walter Cunningham because he ruined her first day of school. Even though Scout stuck up for Walter and explained to Miss. Caroline that he is too poor to afford a lunch and shoes. Miss Caroline said, “You’re starting off on the wrong foot in every way, my dear. Hold out your hand” (Lee28). Miss. Caroline got Scout in trouble for speaking up and hit her with a ruler for punishment. Scout blamed Walter for her getting in trouble so decided to beat him up during recess. When Atticus Finch got her in trouble for what she did, she soon realized that wasn’t the right thing to do. Another way maturity is shown in this novel is when Robert Ewell was angry about the way Atticus made him look on the stands, so on his way to the post office Bob Ewell spat in Atticus’ face. Bob told Atticus he would get him if it took him the rest of his life. “When a man says he’s gonna get you, looks like he means it” (292). Bob was mad about the trial and that Atticus destroyed his last shred of credibility. The final way maturity is shown in To Kill a Mockingbird is when Jem Finch cut the tops off of Mrs. Dubose’s camellia bushes. Mrs. Dubose was the first adult to say that Atticus was no...
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