To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses many literary devices such as imagery, metaphors, and symbolism to portray the themes in the book and lecture the audience about human nature. For example, Scout is used to portray the loss of innocence through her life experience with her relatives and friends. The author thoroughly describes and explains path of difficulties in Maycomb to effectively teach the audience about the evils of the human race, dramatically trying to change the audience's perspective about human nature. Through Scout's unfortunate exposure of the events of Dolphus Raymond's isolation and the misunderstanding of Boo Radley, the author encourages readers to evaluate society from a new perspective.

Through Mr. Dolphus Raymond's isolated lifestyle from the prejudiced society, the audience grasps the idea of making a self-contemplated decision concerning their own thoughts and emotions, rather than following the "mob mentality". For example, Mr. Dolphus Raymond, living in a society where the whites reign superior, chooses certain ethnic groups over another: in this case, he picks blacks over whites. Mr. Raymond tremendously despises all the "hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they're people too"(Lee 269), showing that he prefers the blacks over the whites. His preference for the persecuted black race over the prejudiced white race dispels all aspects of "following a mob mentality " and portrays the sign of self-contemplation. Mr. Dolphus Raymond strongly believes that society will "never understand that I live like I do because that's the way I want to live"(Lee 268). This ideal separates Mr. Raymond away from society even more because he chooses to live in a unique fashion, once again showing the aspect of self-contemplation, instead of following the "mob mentality"

As the end result of the widely accepted misinterpretation of Boo Radley, the audience becomes introduced to the theme of...
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