To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

So this is an essay i wrote for my gr 10 academic English class, everyone's welcome to read it and maybe get a sense of it (:

To Kill a Mockingbird

Albert Einstein once said, “Any intelligent fool can make things bigger and more complex… It takes a touch of genius – and a lot of courage to move in the opposite direction.” In her novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee proves that people of all age and races need courage in order to get through even one day of their lives. This novel shows that no matter who you are you can do what you believe in, as long as you are brave and stand up for yourself. Lee shows different situations, in which courage is needed, from children and their childish beliefs to a black man being falsely accused of raping a white woman. Courage is evident in how people of Maycomb County confront their fears, and are brave enough to do things ‘out of the norm’.

Jean Louise ‘Scout’ Finch is only six years old when this story begins, as a young child she believes in all the ‘scary’ stories that adults and children pass around about Arthur ‘Boo’ Radley. In his youth, Boo had been in a ‘gang’ and along with his friends got in trouble with the law for some things they did. Boo’s father, Mr. Radley said, “No Radley was going to an asylum,” (11) and insisted on disciplining him, himself. Rumors are constantly spread about Boo and why he hasn’t come out of his house and that he’s crazy and only comes out at night. Stephanie Crawford, the towns’ gossip, claims to have seen him looking in her window one night, “Miss Stephanie Crawford said she woke up in the night one time and saw him looking through the window.” (12-13). Scout’s older brother Jeremy ‘Jem’ Finch says that Boo is, “six and a half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch...There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face...his eyes popped and he drooled most of the time”. It was stories like this that scared younger children...