The book, To Kill a Mockingbird, is a timeless classic written by Harper Lee that shows some pessimistic views but ends as an optimistic ending. I will now show some of these views and compare them to reality.
The first topic I would like to bring up is that the setting of the story already starts out in a pessimistic mood. It takes place during the depression, where the people in Maycomb are poor. Not only being poor, the white people of the town are very racial and aren't afraid of hiding it. A good example of this racial topic is the unfortunate Tom Robinson.
Tom Robinson was accused of raping Bob Ewell's daughter Mayella. Due to the racial contrasts, Tom was guilty even though the evidence pointed towards Bob. That case showed that one black man's word is not as good as two white people's words. Compared to today, there are still racial conflicts but not in the court room, like the Tom Robinson case. Blacks get a fair trial just like any white man. Bob Ewell is one man in my mind that doesn't deserve anything.
Bob Ewell is the kind of person that would do anything just to give other people hard times. I think he shows significant amounts of pessimistic views. First, all of the evidence pointed towards him in the Tom Robinson court trial. Second, he lied to the court although the jury and the judge believed them because his say was better over a black man's. Third and most important, he tried to hurt Atticus' children on Halloween on the way home from the school. This man in my mind deserves no respect in the Maycomb, whether it was back in the old days or even now. Thanks to Boo Radley, this man dealt with and would never cause anyone harm again.
Boo Radley poses some optimistic and pessimistic views. He would never come out of his house, and they say he stabbed his father in the leg with a pair of scissors. The optimistic point is that he saves the children from being attacked and beaten or killed by Bob Ewell. He stabs and kills Bob, and takes the unconscious Jem home to Atticus. This man deserves respect from everyone. He risked his life to save two children that were being attacked.
In my mind, the biggest optimistic point of this book is Atticus Finch. Throughout the whole story, he stays strong and always keeps his head up about things. If something is wrong, he'll look at it in a different way and see good things about it. For example, when Bob Ewell spit in Atticus' face, he made the remark that at least it wasn't chewing tobacco spit.
I hope that you realize after you read this paper that there is views that are not always obvious at the beginning of the story, but at the end they become known. I would like to ask you the question before I end this paper. Who is like a Mockingbird in your town or in your life?