Monday, May 27, 2013

To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

In the book to Kill a Mockingbird there are many different themes and messages throughout the book. One main theme that is shown throughout the story is the social inequalities that happen to characters. There are many different social inequalities that happen in Maycomb and show how you shouldn't judge someone on what they look like and their skin color.
One example of social inequalities in the book is how Jem described what Boo Radley looks like and how he acts. On page 16 Jem was telling Scout and Dill about Boo “he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch....There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time.” Jem is just assuming that Boo Radley is a creepy, scary guy when he never seen or meet him before. The kids thought about Boo changes by the end of the book when Bob Ewell was attacking the kids and was about to stab them, but Boo radley saved them. Scout and Jem realized that Boo wasn't actually a creepy guy and realized that he was more of a caring person.
Another example of social inequality that happened in the book is when Tom Robinson was found guilty by the jury. Page 282 “Judge Taylor was polling the jury: Guilty. . .guilty. . . guilty. . . guilty . .” The evidence that was shown proved that Tom Robinson was innocent. Since Mayella was punched on her left side and it would've been impossible for Tom to of punched her on the left side of her face because Tom’s right arm is 12 inches shorter than his left arm from an accident that he had from a cotton machine. So if he would of punched her it would've been on the right side of Mayella's face. But even though the evidence was shown Tom Robinson was still found guilty by the all white jury. This happened only because Tom was black and they all were prejudiced towards blacks.
“I heard her say it’s about time somebody taught ‘em a lesson, they were gettin’ way above themselves, an’ the next thing they think they can do is marry us.” page 331. Scout heard Miss Gates say this about the trial to Stephanie Crawford. The only reason why Miss Gates said this about the trial was because Tom Robinson is black. Miss Gates feels that blacks don’t deserve the same things that whites get. This was just another example of the social inequalities shown in the book.
A lot of social inequalities are shown in To Kill a Mockingbird. Some are from judging a person on how they look and act or by their skin color. The theme of social inequalities shows you how it is never okay to judge someone. Also to think about how you would feel if you were to be judged and to treat others the way you want to be treated.


  1. 1. the beginning of this essay is about the different themes throughout the book, including inequality and racism.

    2, the best example would be the second one because it shows how they are racist and have no sympathy for black people

    3.This essay is very well organized and the examples all match the thesis

    4. Nothing should be improved because you did a good job

  2. 1. I love the beginning of your essay i think you did a great job on your intro.
    2. I really liked you second quote and i understood what you were trying to explain about it.
    3. you did a really good job explaining your quotes from the book and tying them in with the essay.
    4. the only thing i think need improvement is your conclusion ending the essay.

  3. 1.) I thought that the thesis of your essay was very good. You had a good way of opening your essay right off the bat.
    2.)I loved your second quote because it shows that they really don't care about Tom Robinson and what happens to him. It shows how atticus was doing the thing that no one else would have if he didn't.
    3.)your essay is very good in the way it is organized and the way that it is written. I did not have a hard time following it.
    4.) I thought that your essay was all good that you don't have to change anything.

  4. 1. the thesis of your essay was talking about the different settings in the book.
    2. i liked your second quote because it was very well explained and easy to understand.
    3. your essay was easy to understand and follow.
    4. you should revise your conclusion. other that it was good

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