To Kill a Mockingbird
If we don't understand the meaning of evil, how can we justify something as evil? We label things because we feel the horror that will come from them. If we don't know the consequences for actions, how can we state which actions are right and wrong? That is why we need to teach To Kill a Mockingbird. To Kill a Mockingbird gives examples of racism, prejudice, and the lack of understanding between one human and another. These feelings were not given as a positive point from our past however, but rather a negative period from our history. It shows our past mistakes in order to lead to the fortune of our future. For example, one of the book's themes is racism.
Racism is defined in the dictionary as the belief that one race is superior to another. That is also the way that To Kill a Mockingbird defines it. However, the dictionary does not give an indication on whether racism is a fair and just belief, and yet we allow them in all schools. To Kill a Mockingbird is spoken through the eyes of a seven year old who comes to the conclusion through the trial of Tom Robinson that racism is unjust. As the story progresses you learn the hate put onto a man solely due to his color. Through a wise, just, man, Atticus, you learn that hate should never be brought onto anyone. Prejudice is another example in which hate should not be brought forth in.
To Kill a Mockingbird demonstrates prejudice through Boo Radley. Boo shows us that thoughts can be brought onto a person, just because they are different. People believe that he is a crazy man, due to the fact that he never goes outside. The truth is that he is really a loving and caring individual, who is just quiet and shy. He proved to us through the helping of Scout and Jem that every rumor that was spoken about him was false. He proved to us that we must understand where a man has been in order to judge him.
Lack of understanding between one and another was another key point to the story. People could not understand why Atticus would want to defend a black man. They could not understand why a white man would feel the need to treat a black man as equal. Just like a chain reaction, because they couldn't understand this aspect of Atticus, they could not understand him. They thought he was almost as bad as the black people them self. Through his bravery, however he showed as that even if people don't understand your actions, it doesn't make you any less of a person.
Through these three examples we learn of problems that the world faced, and still does face to this day. But we also learn of the great outcomes that come from doing what's right. Through the book we learned that everyone is an equal. We learned that no race or person is better than anyone else But, most importantly, we learned about our past so we don't make the same mistakes twice, and that is why we must teach To Kill a Mockingbird.