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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is an ageless classic that takes place during the 1930s In the fictional town of Maycomb Alabama there was a deadly racial attitude towards the people who were different then the general public In a town of tunnel vision and hatred Atticus and Scout stood out with open minds Atticus was the anchor of reason in Maycomb He understood many people in town and taught his children how to understand other peoples feeling as well Atticus believed that if you knew what someone had been through then you would understand them better Atticus also made Jem and Scout realize that no one is pure evil meaning that if you look hard enough you would find that there is good in every person you meet Mrs Dubose who was perceived as an old witch by Jem and Scout showed great bravery in her fight against drug addiction Atticus believed Jem would change his opinions of Mrs Dubose if he spends some time with her Only after Mrs Duboses death did Jem begin to perceive Mrs Dubose the same way his father did Likewise Atticus defended Tom Robinson when no other lawyer would He was one of the few respectable people who were not blinded by the racial injustice Tom Robinson faced Not only did Atticus defend Tom in the courthouse he defended him at jail on one occasion too It happened when an angry mob was trying to kill Tom Robinson but Atticus risked his life to save him from that mob If only the people of Maycomb were willing to listen to Atticus wise advice then the town would be free of racism Scout symbolizing the leaders of tomorrow began to see how other people perceived things She started to understand the meaning of to kill a mockingbird At first Scout couldnt comprehend what Atticus meant when he said It was a sin to kill a
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