“Despite the bleak portrayal of human behaviour in the novel, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ still offers a positive view of society. Do you agree? ” The novel, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ does still give a positive view of society. The novel shows that in every event in life that shows the unfair or evil behaviour of mankind there will be a silver lining that provides the positivity of society and shows that society isn’t all evil. Positive spirit within a community is the key to having a positive society. Even though the world is unfair, the world is changing and hopefully for the better.
This book also shows that people are slowly beginning to accept each other into one another’s world and that everyone deserves an equal chance at life and everyone deserves to live life to its fullest. It is for these reasons that this novel still gives a positive view of society. Everyone coming together as a group to support each other is an integral part of having a positive community. In the house burning scene, it is a very grim moment but with everyone’s community spirit, everyone joins together to help Miss Maudie through the tough time of losing her home. “The men of Maycomb, in all degrees of…she valued most. This quote shows how everyone joins forces to help Miss Maudie save her items. Miss Stephanie provides Miss Maudie with somewhere to stay while she is homeless. “He led us…for the time being. ” These examples of community spirit provide a reason to why this book still gives a positive view of society. The world is changing, but let’s hope, the world is changing for the better, like in the book ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’. The court case that Atticus took to defend Tom Robinson in a charge of rape against Mayella Ewell is like a changing point in the history of interracial hatred.
Normally in any case involving charges against a black man the jury would make up their mind within minutes that most definitely the black man would be guilty of whatever crime it may be. “’The jury may be out and back in a minute…I expect it’ll be over before you get back. ’” This quote shows that normally a jury won’t take very long at all to acquit or charge a man of crime. “Reverend Sykes had saved our places. We were surprised to find…reappeared as we were seating ourselves. ” This quote shows that it has already been a long time and the jury still hasn’t made up their mind.
All these quotes together show the difference between how long it typically takes for the jury to make up their mind and how long it took in Tom Robinson’s case. This shows that people are willing to change their stereotyped opinions about people and are willing to make a change. Though Tom Robinson did get charged, the path it took to get there was very different to most other cases at the time. This is another reason that the novel portrays a positive society, This book also demonstrates that people should accept and tolerate each other no matter what the race.
Atticus Finch is a great example of this. Though Calpurnia works for him, he accepts her as part of the family and shows his tolerance at the societal issues at hand. “Atticus’s voice was even: ‘Alexandra, Calpurnia’s not leaving this…We still need Cal as much as we ever did. ’” This quote shows he is willing to stand up to his sister to defend the rights of an African-American, who at the time were regarded as animals, or not equal to the white inhabitants of the United States of America. “’Aunty,’ Jem spoke up, ‘Atticus says … business. Now that is that. ” This quote shows that Atticus is willing to accept people regardless of their social status and will not discriminate against these people either. This is yet another example of why this novel still portrays the good in humanity and society. In ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, the title and many quotes inside the book tell you that you shouldn’t harm innocent or good-willed people in society.
The all too famous quote in the book tells people that you shouldn’t harm people that don’t do harm. “Atticus said to Jem one day…but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird. ” This is the most memorable quote in the book, and the only rule that the entire town seems to agree with. Miss Maudie gives Scout the definition later. She explains that because Mockingbirds don’t do any harm and only sing for us, they are good-doers and don’t deserve to get shot. “’Your father’s right,’ she…a sin to kill a mockingbird. ’” This quote demonstrates that most people believe in Atticus’s value of treating good-willed the way they treat us. Though this quote doesn’t say anything about people, it is a metaphor.
The mockingbirds in this novel are Tom Robinson and Boo Radley but they both get treated badly because of stereotypes about them. The person that killed Tom Robinson and people that have always tormented Boo Radley have all done sins. This book tells people that doing harm to the good-doers in society is a sin. This reason also supports the idea that this book still provides a positive view of society despite the bleak betrayal of human behaviour. Therefore the novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ does still give a positive view of society.
This is achieved by seeing the silver lining in all cloudy situations, being able to welcome each other, the world changing into a better place and because we are taught that innocent people shouldn’t be harmed. At the end of the book Atticus says, “Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them. ” proving that society isn’t grim but positive and contains people who care. And after reading this novel, you too will understand the depths of human society and know not to judge a book by its cover.