A Coincidental Bond
The relationship between the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and the poem If by Rudyard Kipling is astonishingly similar. Although If was published nearly 140 years before the publishing of To Kill A Mockingbird, many readers have come to the conclusion that If was written based on To Kill A Mockingbird. However, when discovering the dates that each of the pieces were published, it is found that the bond between the two are just mere coincidences. Characters such as Atticus, Jem, and Calpurnia have various traits portrayed in the poem. Lawyer Atticus Finch, as well as a wise yet humble father, seizes a great deal of dilemma and predicaments within To Kill A Mockingbird. Harper Lee created Atticus to appear as a righteous man, especially when looked upon by his children; but also appear as a cunning and confident lawyer. Throughout To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus demonstrates that despite the consequences of doing the “right” thing, what is believed to be right is likely the choice one should make. In If by Rudyard Kipling, he describes someone with characteristics similar to Atticus; such as being courageous and honorable. In If, the lines "Or being hated, don't give way to hating, and yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise", are great representations of Atticus. In these lines, Rudyard Kipling is inspiring the reader to discover an advanced foundation of reality and provides a source of hope that gives strength to ignore insignificance or prejudice. It is relate the lines from If to lines such as "If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it” (32) From To Kill A Mockingbird. Atticus says this to Scout teaching him that one shouldn’t “judge” or make “assumptions” of someone until you know them and appreciate them thoroughly; it is not...
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