English Honors 1
December 5th, 2012
In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird characterization, point of view, and events in the plot support the idea that all people should be treated equally. Not treating people equally is like having your eyes closed, you are not opening them to look at everybody’s special qualities. There are many places in To Kill A Mockingbird where people should be treated equally.
There are many examples of characterization in treating people equally in To Kill A Mockingbird. An example of characterization in treating people equally occurs with Mrs. Dubose. Throughout the book we learn that Jem and Scout hate Mrs. Dubose and think that she is “vicious” (Lee, 115). One day while on a walk to town Jem and Scout pass Mrs. Dubose’s house where they get into a get into a heated conversation with Mrs. Dubose and she threatens “… one in the courthouse lawing for n-----s” (Lee, 117). This throws Jem over the edge, and with Scout’s new baton he cuts the tops off of all Mrs. Dubose’s Camellia bushes. Atticus (Jem & Scout’s father) has a talk with Jem about how he needs to treat people more fairly. Atticus has always been nice to Mrs. Dubose, even though he knows she doesn’t like him. He tips his hat to her every morning as if to say hello. Another example of characterization in treating people equally occurs with Mayella Ewell. Mayella is in court for the trial
against Tom Robinson who is accused of raping her. Atticus is questioning her and calling her “ma’am” and “miss” (Lee, 207). Nobody has ever called Mayella this before and she doesn’t like it. Later on she learns that Atticus is just trying to treat her fairly and equally (like a woman). Another example of characterization in treating people equally occurs with Bob Ewell. Mr. Ewell approaches Atticus near the post office and “… cursed him, spat on him, and threatened to kill him” (Lee, 248). Atticus wipes his face off and lets...