Good And Evil Essay

1087 words - 5 pages

Good and Evil

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a great classic about a family during the Great Depression. Scout and Jem are the two kids who get themselves into some pretty hairy situations. They also learn a lot throughout the book about people and about friendship. Their Father Atticus is a great parent who teaches them morals throughout the book. Jem goes through a big change in his life when he meets Mrs.Dubose and watches her die. Scout, the narrator of the book learns an important part of life by meeting a man named Boo Radley and by slowly learning more about him. Scout and Jem learn a lot from their father and by experiencing some pretty wild events. The author throughout ...view middle of the document...

Boo Radley shows his good and evil throughout the entire book. Scout goes to Miss Maudie to talk about Boo Radley and she says,” Arthur Radley just stays in the house, that's all…Wouldn't you stay in the house if you didn't want to come out...He should be crazy by now. The things that happen to people we never really know. What happens in houses behind closed doors”(44) Scout, Jem, and Dill were always scared of the Boo because he just stays indoors and never really talks to anyone. He was their cliché man who is the quiet man who never leaves his house and everyone is scared of. Nobody knows much about Boo but all of the kids are scared of him and always get freaked out going near his house. It isn’t until the end of the book, that Scout sees that Boo isn’t really as bad as she always thought. She really sees him for who he really is. She stands on Boo’s porch after walking home and looks out at the neighborhood. She summarizes everything that happened in the book and then she says, “ Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough”(279) Scout sees Boo for who he really is and what it must be like for him. She struggled with this the whole book and is able to see what life for Boo is like.

Scout doesn’t seem to really understand that people have another side to them that you can’t always see until the end of the book. Through the book we see Jem and Scout see the inner good and evil. . They find out that, even in their small town, there is evil in people. It is a hard lesson to learn for them, especially for Jem. After seeing Tom Robinson's trial, he sees the world as a horrible place and people are horrible. He cries and...

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