In Ms Gates about the atrocities of Adolf

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In my opinion theme with the most impact in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird” is
Hypocrisy as shown in three main incidents . These are the teachings of Ms Gates
about the atrocities of Adolf Hitler whilst she hated blacks ; the missionary
circle trying to show how Christian they are while believing that to be a
brother of Christ you must be white and finally the hypocrisy of the American
court system in the 30’s by saying they stand for justice. In Ms Gates’
classroom we read about her teaching her class that the Jews are being
persecuted against by the Nazi’s. According to Ms. Gates this is un Christian
and she finds these actions despicable. The hypocrisy of this teaching is shown
as soon as she mentions the word ‘persecution’.This is due to the fact that she
herself is persecuting the black people of Maycomb by not raising an eyebrow to
the killing of an innocent black man. This lady shows her blindness to the
racial problems of the Deep South ( where she lives ) but feels a lot of empathy
for the Jews who are being mistreated and slaughtered in Germany ( many
thousands of miles away ) . The missionary circles in the 1930’s working in the
south of America show the two faced nature of white citizens several times in
each meeting . One strong example that springs to mind is Mrs Mariweathers
positive comments about a Christian explorer in Africa helping the evil savages
see the light of Jesus Christ whilst on the other hand she condemns Attacus for
helping an innocent Negro . These so called Christian women safely say well done
to a man helping African black people ( who were happy with their lives in the
first place ) but if anyone should help out a black person anywhere near them it
then becomes ‘Nigger loving’ and should be condemned by all within the
community. It creates a double standard by showing that as long as racial
problems do not involve them directly they can be tolerant. The American Courts
of the 1930’s were also hypocritical.Truth and Justice were held as the most
basic right for Americans. Truth in the Tom Robinson case was never a factor.

The white jury knew that Bob Ewell had beaten and raped his daughter Mayaella
Ewell and that Tom was innocent .But because a human being had more colour
pigment in their skin it was assumed they would be guilty without question ,so
truth was never a factor .Justice also the pride of the American legal system in
the past ,and now but once again in the Tom Robinson trial ,no matter how much
evidence was presented in favour of Tom to prove his innocence, justice wasn’t
done because Tom had more pigment in his skin than the jurors thereby he was
assumed to be guilty. In my opinion members of the Maycomb community are trying
to fool themselves into believing that they are model citizens and good
Christians, even though a small number amongst them know that they are wrong to
persecute and hate due to colour . Hypocrisy and racism were as much a part of
Maycomb society as church and community spirit.

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“Shoot they only make music for people to

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“Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit em, but remember its a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Lee says that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird because they only make music for people to enjoy, and they do no damage to anything such as other birds do. Lee is right the mockingbird dose nothing wrong, such as the mockingbirds in the book. They never do anything wrong, but they sometimes are misunderstood and considered bad by other people.

Boo is one of the mockingbirds in the book. He only gives to the children. He gives them many different things through the knothole in the tree. Boo also gives the children a game to play during the day, “Boo Radley.” Later Boo gives them the most important thing of all, their lives. He is also a mockingbird in another way, when Scout falls out of the tire he gives them his music, laughter. At the end of the book Boo ends up going back into his house never to be seen again by Scout. He did this because he was a mockingbird caged up for a long time and was not ready to be free. The solution for him was to go back to his cage that he knew and was safe.

The other mockingbird is Tom Robinson because he does not do anything wrong. He was a very nice man, he would do things for people if they needed something done that they could not do themselves. An example of this is when he helps Mayella and refused to accept the money that she offered him. The difference between him and Boo is that even though he did not do anything wrong he was still found guilty of a crime that he probably did not commit. The reason that Tom was convicted is mainly because he was a back man accused of a crime by a white woman.

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The common thing that both of these characters share is that they are both somehow connected to Bob Ewell. Boo is connected to him because Boo killed him when he attacked the children. Tom is connected to Bob because Bob is the main reason that Tom was tried and found guilty in the first place. This common connection to Bob connects Boo and Tom because the reason that Bob attacked the children was because he wanted to get back at the rest of the world for what it did to him. He must have thought the children were a good place to start. Getting Tom convicted was the first step toward what he was trying to accomplish and it gave him a little power rush.

The character that understands both of the “mockingbirds” is Scout. She knew a lot about Boo and was the only character that treated Boo as a real civilized human being. An example of the way she treated Boo as a real person was when she took him to see Jem and another example is the way she walked him back to his house like a gentleman. She also understood that Tom would be found guilty even thought of the evidence pointed to Bob as the one who beat Mayella.
At one point near the end of the book a mockingbird is heard after Boo saves the children. The reason that this was put into the book was to show that Boo was meant to represent a mockingbird. He only tried to help the children, and he gave them many gifts and did nothing wrong, almost exactly Lees definition of a mockingbird.

Lee made mockingbirds an important part of the book but their position as mockingbirds were never clearly stated. Lee also made one person simply to commit sin by trying to “kill” the mockingbirds. Also the fact that Atticus said that it was a sin, and he never said anything was a sin before. Lee had him say this because he would be defending one of the mockingbirds in the book and it was just a hint of foreshadowing.
The mockingbirds were misunderstood and treated unfairly. They were good but not everyone thought that. Lee turned a simple title into a complex book

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