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To Kill a Mockingbird- the theme of Good vs. Evil (quotes)

This presentation, created on Prezi, lists and explains my connection to a few of the quotes about the theme of Good vs. Evil in To Kill a Mockingbird (Harper Lee)

Yamini Anilkumar

on 23 June 2015

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Transcript of To Kill a Mockingbird- the theme of Good vs. Evil (quotes)

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view."
-Atticus Finch

This is an image that I found off of the internet, and I feel it portrays my initial though about the quote, which was how appearances, or thoughts can be judged, wrongly or right, because they are in the eye of the beholder. In this image, I feel that through the glasses, I am able to come to a realization, which I wouldn't have been able to have had, if the glasses were not present. The vision through the glasses represents an understanding. The final sight depends on the person's inner consciense and morality of judgenment.
"The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience."
-Atticus Finch

This picture illustrated, for me, a choice that could be made, as the final choice of judgement is made by a person's conscience. A person's initial thought can not be altered by what they are told to think, but by how they think and how their morality is the fore-player in this event, by balancing out the options. In this case, it would be up to the person's ethics to decide how they are to continue with their demeanor and actions.
"Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don't eat up people's gardens, don't nest in corn cribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird"
-Ms. Maudie

This quote was my favorite quote in this book, as it clearly represented the theme of morality and ethics. This quote shows that an innocent 'bird' is not to be 'attacked', for it is innocent and has no way of defending itself, especially when it is put to abuse by one who is much stronger and and has the definite ability to overcome it. It's a 'sin' to kill the mockingbird, who in no way deserves harm, for it gives us nothing but happiness, and it is up to the other party to decide what kind of person they are.
"Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed."
-Scout Finch

This quote represents the morality, because it shows that the discrimination is so fatal that a white woman's word would be taken over that of a black man, simply because he is more of a minority than she is. The utter idiocy in this reasoning is the cause of death to this man, showing that her power is the evil to anything he does, but she can not be prosecute because of her superiority.

The image, that I drew, shows the female's power of the man of a different color. This gopgoes to suggest that Mayella's power is superior to that of Tom's because of something such as a small, simple, difference, which Tom had no control over. In the book, the morality of the Southerners was questionable, as their ethics were to discriminate one on race, alone.
"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."
-Scout Finch

This is an image I found off of the internet, but I edited it to make the Radley estate seem darker, as opposed to its surroundings. This was how the children always saw the house, except for what the quote entails, later on. In Scout's words, she suggests that the view is so much different than what she would've thought before and leads to her change of opinion, when she experiences it through, or on, the Radley porch. This suggest her morality, previously, was questionable but her agree ha helped on clouding it over. Her maturity suggests that she has also had a change in morality in judgement.
"He would be there all night, and he would be there when Jem waked in the morning."
-Scout Finch

To me, the silhouettes of the people in the picture are to resemble a father and son, such as Jem and Atticus. In the book, Atticus puts others before himself (in the Tom Robinson case), as he has the morality to stay with his son all night, even if it meant getting no sleep for himself. In the book, it was said that Atticus would be there, and his compassion shows a healthy father- son relationship.

"I don't know, but they did it. They've done it before and they did it tonight and they'll do it again and when they do it- seems that only children weep"
-Atticus Finch

This quote was very deep for me, clearly expressing the good and the evil of how Atticus' thoughts are opposed to that of the other people in the small, southern town. His views are completely different than that of what the justice system of that time says, therefore Atticus' thinking is ahead of his time, and should be taken with pride knowing that his thoughts are based on hard facts, and not based on how to discriminated another because of their skin color.
"We're paying him the high tribute you can pay a man. We trust him to do it right."
-Sheriff Tate

This quote shows that the municipal government of this area (legally) has so much trust in the hands of Atticus Finch when it comes to his morality, that they trust him completely to finish the job.
The theme of Ethics and Morality in
To Kill a Mockingbird

The exploration of the theme of morality and ethics in
To Kill a Mockingbird
by Harper Lee is conveyed to the audience through multiple examples. Whether it is from the wrong judgement in the case of Tom Robinson to the naivety of Scout, a person's true thoughts are exemplified through this story.

The main character, Scout Finch, is a young child when the story begins to take place. Her innocence drives her to think and believe, and react accordingly when faced with a situation where her actions may be different than how others think she should be. Scout's youth prevents her from being able to hide her true emotions, as opposed to that of many others in the same story. This take place many times throughout the book, such as when she attacks another child when she believes that the other's words are a wrongdoing to her father's greatness. She also exhibits this when another child is invited over for dinner, but Scout calls him out when his eating habits are what she perceives as abnormal.

Other characters' judgement calls are also driven by their morality and integrity in this story. Scout's father, for example, is shown as having the greatest ethics, as his opinions are regarded with great respect and awe. When Scout and her elder brother Jem are faced with hardships, their first instinct is to do what their father, Atticus would do, as his judgment is better than theirs.

Of all of the characters, Bob Ewell is seen as most complain-worthy. He is uneducated and his family status isn’t very highly regarded, therefore deeming him unlikeable. His ethics and morality are an unappreciated asset, because his actions provoke others into also taking a wrong judgment call, such as where many of the farmers approached the jailhouse one night, following the lead of those others who also had questionable ethics, but took the plunge anyway, judging someone and believing they should have a punishment, simply because another told them it would be the best to do so. Their ethics are disregarded because they took the wrong path, the path which was not the right way to approach the situation.

In this book, many people are faced with the dilemma of having to face their inner morality and ethics when choosing the right judgement call. Some choose the best path, while other choose the way where the face the most dead ends and other series' of trouble.
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