To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill A Mockingbird Controversy

      Can you honestly say you’ve ever truly enjoyed a book so much you couldn’t put it down? Well that is one that teaches you lesson after lesson but does it with so much interest it is like learning without even noticing it? Harper Lees novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, did just that for me! This book was always at my fingertips! I feel very strongly that this book was astounding and the lessons it teaches are very important and it should defiantly be kept as a mandatory 10th grade read. This book is aggressive and has some foul language throughout it but when you are a sophomore in high school you should be mature enough to handle it and see past the bitter language and catch a glimpse of the wonderful messages the story is putting fourth. Moral values, racism, and the way of life in a small town are just a few of the subject I pulled from the story to help argue this controversy.
To begin with, there were two main moral values I observed in this story, one of which being the judgmental nature most young maturing kids have. Atticus helps scout mature by talking to her about judging other from what she sees on the outside and how it is never ok. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. (Pg. 30)” he says to her. From then on scout tries to put Atticus's advice into practice and to live with sympathy and understanding toward others. At the end of the book, she succeeds in comprehending Boo Radley's perspective and feels for him and realizes that when she judges people it hurts them and she doesn’t get the chance to see the person for who they really are. The next moral lesson taught that caught my attention was the bravery and courage Atticus displayed. In chapter 10 Heck Tate, the sheriff, gives Atticus the rifle and tells him to shoot the mad dog running up the street, despite the people around and the problems that could be...