A Verbal Visual Essay

To Kill A Mocking Bird

Five Quotes:

1. I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. Pg. 112

2. If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. Pg. 30

3. It is not necessary to tell all you know. It's not ladylike- in the second place; folks don't like to have somebody around knowin' more than they do. It aggravates 'em. You're not gonna change any of them by talkin' right, they've got to want to learn themselves, and when they don't want to learn there's nothing you can do but keep your mouth shut or talk their language. Pg. 126

4. As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don't you forget it-whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash. Pg. 220

5. 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. (p.33)

I chose the title "Reality" for my essay because many people are faced with issues like racism and acceptance. All these quotes have to deal with subjects that everyone can relate to. Everybody has the right to be treated fairly and with respect. No one has to right to be disrespected; everyone should be treated equally. These are one of the many aspects of today’s society that everyone has to deal with. Many of the characters in the novel are not what they truly seem to be. Most would think of Boo Radley as an isolated madman, Miss Dubose as a mean spirited old woman, and Dolphous Raymond as a social abnormal. These people are hated by most, but these are not fair judgments. Once we get beyond the gossip surrounding these people, we get a clear view of some very strong human beings. "It is not necessary to tell all you know..." some things people just don’t want to know about. The picture of the couple sharing information about each other is an example. Unwanted ideas aren’t needed. Despite how easy it is to judge others, once you look closer, you see something more in everyone. The Finches do this and they gain new friends and invaluable insight into others because of this. No one is what he or she truly seems, and everyone has something inside him or her that motivates him or her to be who he or she is. One must look closely to see this, and the Finches do just that. The picture of the girl with a mask proves this. On the outside she appears to be a cheerful person meanwhile she is a "green eyed monster" on the inside. You should never judge someone by the way they look, get to know them first before you make any decisions. Nothing more pervades the novel than the ideas of racism and acceptance. Atticus has built a whole value system around the idea that a person must look at and respect who people are and where they come from. This includes even the nastiest characters like Bob Ewell and Mrs. Dubose. When others would rather forget about these people, Atticus takes the time to understand them. This is a value Atticus passes onto his children as well. Towards the end of the novel Scout says, I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks. She understands Atticus' belief that all human beings must be accepted and treated equally. The five comments refer to the theme of this verbal visual essay, which is reality. All these quotes are very similar in the sense that they all deal with life. Everyone will go through life experiencing them. They are words that individuals should think about wisely and take into consideration.

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