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TKAM: Good vs. Evil

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Transcript of TKAM: Good vs. Evil

This was happened the night that Atticus stayed the night at Tom Robinson prison cell. Mr. Cunningham and a bunch of other Maycomb men showed up ready to kill him. Then Jem, Dill, and Scout showed up and prison cell and Scout starts a conversation with Mr. Cunningham and she ends up making him feel bad about coming and he didn't want to hurt their father in front of them. On the way home Atticus tells Scout and Jem that he really is a good man he is just mixed up in the wrong group of people. This is what made him almost do an evil thing and kill an innocent man.
"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." (page 90)
Harper Lee's
To Kill a Mockingbird
includes the theme Good vs. Evil to augment the awareness of the issues of good versus evil in the world.

This novel helps us as readers to apprehend the concept of the good and evil in situations. Many problems in the book may only show the light or the darkness in the setting. Generally there is more to a something then you realize. Every positive there is, there are just as plenty negatives.

There is always going to be a hint of good in the bad, and a pinch of bad in the good. Also this opens our eyes to help us realize not everything is as good as you see it. Whatever it is, it could be bad to someone else, or just in general and you don't perceive it yet.In life we should all try to see the good in every situation but beware of the evil.
Author's Purpose!
Authors Purpose Quote #3
Authors Purpose Quote #1
Good v.s. Evil
To Kill a Mockingbird
Modern Example #3


People in Maycomb have been born to believe that all colored people are a disgrace. In reality all they do is what they are told and they do not cause trouble or complain. In this quote Atticus tries to explain in a kid friendly way that colored and some other whites are not as they seem to be perceived as a threat, when really they are not. This is also were he has given Scout and Jem a shotgun and he warns them that they can shoot anything else but a mockingbird. Also with the trial coming soon she foreshadows the trouble that the family will begin to have.
This article is about a young girl who lives in Pakistan, and she does not agree with the educational rules that they have. In Pakistan, only males are able to go to school and get an education. Malala wants to get a better opportunity for learning just like all of the boys, so she created a blog that included her feelings about Pakistan's "school rules". When she created this blog to vent her thoughts, she got a lot of attention. Her blog became so renowned that the Taliban recognized her, and added her and her father to their list of targets. Unfortunately, their search for her was successful and she was shot in the head while she was on the bus riding home. Thankfully, she survived and her heroic act helped improve the education system in Pakistan. Thanks to Malala, in 2015 all children will be able to attend school no matter what their gender is.
Malala's courage with equality in education is the same as Atticus's bravery in the Tom Robinson trial because they both have a great deal of determination. They both never gave up, and were content with getting their point across. In the courtroom, Atticus did all that he could to prove Tom's innocence and he did everything in his power to give him a fair trial, and in Pakistan Malala didn't stop fighting until every child was able to go to school freely.
Modern Example #2
Modern Example #1
Authors Purpose Quote #2

" The men of Maycomb, in all degrees of dress and undress, took furniture from Miss Maudies's house to a yard across the street. I saw Atticus carrying Miss Maudie's heavy old rocking chair, and thought it sensible of him to save what she valued most" (Page 69).

The article attached to this slide describes a pastor's granddaughters revolt against her religion and beliefs. Megan, the granddaughter of Pastor Fred Phelps, reaches out to the community by showing what she truly believes in. She believes in the right to homosexuality, even though the baptist religion she grew up in is against it. Just because the family has disowned her, now she feels free and is enjoying her new life.
"Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn't know it when he put the blanket around you." (pg. 72)

This quote is a great example of good during a state of bad.The Maycomb men still have hearts and care enough to help Miss Maudie. This presents that the men aren't all bad and evil like they come off to be. This could also be an precedent of racism in the town. The fire embodies the racism and hatred. The men come in and help and be nuture for the fire. They keep an open mind to help others around them understand .
In Maycomb, the people are quick to judge and label people, and it causes a lot of trouble. Whether it be poor against rich, or black against white, everyone in town has been stereotyped one way or another. One example of these false rumors is of Boo Radley. Almost everyone in Maycomb believes that he is a strange and crazy shut in, but little do they know that he is a lifesaver. He is actually a very kind and caring gentleman, but barely anyone has given him a chance to express himself. The author's purpose is to show that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover. Everyone should be given a fair chance at everything, and you should never underestimate the power of anyone.
This article relates to Atticus and him defending Tom Robinson. The church is like the town of Maycomb and Megan represents Atticus. In
To Kill a Mockingbird,
Atticus is give the case of Tom Robinson and with him believing in everyone has a right to a fair trail. Like Megan she never gives up in what she believes in and that is the same thing Atticus does until the trial is over.
Book Quote #2
Book Quote #1
"Mr. Cunningham's basically a good man...he just has his blind spots along with the rest of us...you'll understand folks better when you're older. A mob is always made up of people, no matter what. Mr. Cunningham was apart of a mob last night, but he was still a man." (page 157)
Prabhjot Singh was assaulted in a hate crime in the Harlem community. His assailants fractured his jaw and dislodged some of his teeth while shouting inappropriate words at him. Even though this was a very hateful crime he says he is grateful that it happened. "If they had attacked me any more violently, I may not be awake right now to tell my story. If they had attacked me even half an hour earlier, they would have harmed my wife and one-year-old son. And if they had attacked me anywhere else, I may not have had bystanders there to save me," he says. The men were caught and put away but more importantly he says, "they were taught a lesson." Prabhjot's wife has in turn launched a City Health Works, a nonprofit venture that helps cultivate health workers and improve the health of the Harlem community. He has taken something evil, looked on the bright side, and made something good out of it. He and his wife are still living in the same Harlem community trying to make the best out of everything.
"Those are twelve reasonable men about in everyday life. Tom's jury, but you saw something come between them and reason. You saw the same thing that night in front of the jail...There's something in our world that makes men lose their heads--they couldn't be fair if they tried . In our courts, when it's a white man's word against a black man's, the white man always wins. They're ugly, but those are the facts about life." (pg. 220)
Book Quote # 3

This quote was said by Atticus to Jem after Jem questioned the jury in Tom Robinson's trial. Jem didn't think it was fair that even though Tom was innocent and all of the facts were stated and backed up , he was still guilty. Atticus explained to his son that the world is messed up, and people are too stubborn to make a change and do the right thing. Even though Tom did nothing, and Mr. Ewell was the one that beat Mayella, the jury wasn't able to accept the fact that Mr. Robinson was innocent. This is a great example of the theme focus good versus evil because in everyone there is always going to be evil, but its up to them not to let the evil override the good.
"As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't forget it- whenever a white men does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash" (Page 220).
The way that Prabhjot and his wife turned this awful event into something to better themselves and their community relates to how Mrs.Maudie reacted when her house burned down. When everything was over she was glad the house burned down because she would be able to build a new smaller house with a much bigger garden. In both of these situations Prabhjot and Mrs.Maudie turned their situations around into something good.
Work Cited:
This quote was said after Jem said it wasn't right to convict a man on evidence like that. Jem doesn't understand that there is more to the trial then just one man versus another. Jem has to realize that Tom Robinson is black and that counted against him. Atticus is telling Jem that the trial being unfairness is the facts of life.When Jem gets older he'll realize the big issue of racism.
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