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When searching for optimism or pessimism in a novel one of the first things taken into account is the title To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is one of those books where the title gives nothing away and is not understood until you have read the story This book first published in 1960 is in fact neither an optimistic nor pessimistic novel However it shows detailed examples of each shown in different parts of the storyline One of the first optimistic points that can be found in this novel is found in Scout and Jems father Atticus Finch There are many times throughout the novel in which Atticus represents the good in the American society at the time the book was published Mr Finch was not a racist man He held equal views of both races which is why he had no problem with accepting the Tom Robinson case The moral and ethical lessons taught to Scout and Jem by Atticus throughout the novel were not meant to only assist in telling the story but to help teach those reading the novel valuable lessons in life about equality and peoples rights One of the most important lessons taught by Atticus was to shoot all the bluejays you want if you can hit em but remember its a sin to kill a mockingbird This is a valuable lesson for people of all ages to learn and is conveyed in many contexts throughout the book Harper Lee expressed optimism in this quote as she believed that she could teach the people some good and that they might learn from her novel Through Atticus Harper Lee showed the good in the world and the good that the world could achieve Another optimistic point found in the novel is when the mob has come for Atticus outside the jail and Scout comes to the rescue When Scout talks to Mr Cunningham about William she teaches him that Atticus
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