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“Your fathers no better than the niggers and trash he works for!” (Lee, 105) There are many “evil” people that the readers are introduced to in this novel but one of characters, Bob Ewell, is the most notorious racist in Maycomb. Despite the majority of racist individuals living in Maycomb, some of the community begins to move forward in the right direction towards equality, this represents the good. To Kill a Mockingbird is mostly portrayed as showing “evil” for its racist outcome in the Tom Robinson trial, but in reality it’s more than that because it shows Scout and Jem’s experiences in Maycomb with a mix of good and bad. There are two characters in To Kill a Mockingbird that would be considered almost completely good: Boo Radley and Atticus Finch. Boo is able to maintain his goodness by hiding from the outside world and is able to stay good and an innocent individual, who truly cared about the children. “When I went back, they were folded across the fence…like they were expectin’ me…And somethin else–Jem’s voice was flat. Show you when we get home. They’d been sewed up. Not like a lady sewed ’em, like somethin’ I’d try to do. All crooked.” (Lee, 78)  It is obvious that Boo cared for Jem and is genuinely concerned about him. Again at the end of the novel Boo fights and kills Bob Ewell trying to protect the Finch kids. “Before he went inside the house, he stopped in front of Boo Radley. ‘Thank you for my children Arthur,’ he said.” (Lee, 280) Although Boo is considered strange, he shows his human kindness when he protects the kids and he is not some monster, like the kids had thought, after all. Atticus acknowledges the evil people in the world and engages with them by fighting against the, but he also appreciates what he finds good in those same people. He believed that everyone has basic human dignity and they all deserve respect and understanding of their point of views. “This time we aren’t fighting the Yankees, we’re fighting our friends. But remember this, no matter how bitter things get, they’re still our friends and this is still our home.” (Lee, 27) Even though Atticus was fighting against his own community he told his children that no matter how bad things got, because of the trial, they would continue to treat them with respect and remember they’re part of a larger community that stays whole even if it’s pulling in different directions. He believed and taught his kids to not judge anyone before they walked in that person’s shoes and knew their point of view. “First of all,” he said, “if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (Lee 85-87) His advice to Scout was based on being able to put yourself in someone else’s place to understand why they act the way they do even if you don’t agree with it and this shows us that Atticus tried to establish a worldview on his children so they would grow up ignorant. Through To Kill a Mockingbird  Harper Lee shows the evil society and one character that represents this evil would be Bob Ewell. Bob accuses Tom Robinson, a black man, of raping and beating his daughter Mayella, but in reality he is the one responsible for beating her after she tries to seduce Tom. “I see the black nigger yonder ruttin’ on my Mayella!” (Lee, 84) “Do you remember him beating you about face?”… “No, I don’t recollect if he hit me. I mean I do, he hit me.”  (Lee, 188) Bob accused Tom, an innocent person, of rape and emotionally and physically abused his daughter and his behavior might possible make the worst person in Maycomb. After Bob won the trial and expected to become a town hero, but the public’s opinion of Ewell worsens. This leads Bob to go after Atticus Finch and his children. He then commits the most evil act in the novel and attempts to murder Atticus’s kids, but their neighbor protects them and Bob is killed as a result. “He’s dead all right,” said Mr. Tate. “He’s good and dead. He won’t ever hurt these children again.” (Lee, 151) Ultimately, Bob was not only a very rude and racist person, but just a horrible person in general, that tries committing an awful crime just to hurt Atticus and consequently ends up dead. In conclusion, To Kill a Mockingbird shows human morality and presents the inherent goodness and evilness of people. Despite the challenge of overcoming the town’s deeply ingrained racism and forcing people to change their point of views on things, Atticus struggles on because he believes that someday goodness will win over and racial equality will exist. At the end of the novel, both children are faced with true evil, as Ewell tries to kill them, but true goodness in Boo Radley saves them and between this opposing forces goodness overcomes evil.


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