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to kill a mockingbird

how disability and mockingbirds from the story 'to kill a mockingbird' can be related.
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Bob likes Fruit Tarts

on 14 March 2012

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Transcript of to kill a mockingbird

DISABILITY:
A MOCKINGBIRD IN DISGIUSE although our society has improved in terms of racisim, we still continue to discriminate against those who are different
'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 corncribs, they don't do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That's why it's a sin to kill a mockingbird.'
-Miss Maudie mockingbirds are harmless, helpless and innocent creatures In "To Kill a Mockingbird", Tom can be viewed as a "mockingbird" because he is innocent and has never caused any harm or trouble in the community. He is also helpless due to the fact that he is a discrimated negro, and his left arm doesn’t work properly.
In our modern society, people who are disabled can also be viewed as “mockingbirds.” Although they are not always helpless, they have also done nothing wrong and do not deserve they type of treatment we give them.
Society tends to make life challenging for those who are disabled. We view them as a “burden” or “useless” and judge the methods they use in everyday life. We are, in our own way, “killing” mockingbirds. In the book, Bob and Mayella Ewell are one example. By arresting Tom and taking him to court on false accusations, they are discriminating him and taking advantage of him.
After the trial, Maycomb County begins to view Tom differently, people start to think he is a rapist and a dangerous criminal. This all occurred because of the words and accusations of a few people.
Disabled people and those who are different are still human beings, and need to be taken care of. People need to learn that being different isn’t necessarily a bad thing.
We should be careful when being around the disabled, or just talking about them. Your words and actions can either help or kill a “mockingbird”.
We need to learn to accept and appreciate those who are disabled. They are people, just like us and they need respect. by Hannah W. and Dorothy L.
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