To Kill a Mockingbird
By Harper Lee
I find it very ironic how some people get away with actions that are “wrong” or “different.” Although times have changed and always will in the future, there are many situations that call for the rules or laws to be bent. Personally, I come across these situations daily and still say, “That’s not fair!” and “Why do they get to get away with that?” After thinking it over a while, I usually conclude that it’s probably for the better, even though others don’t agree. Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird also shows us some examples.
During school, Scout and Miss Caroline meet Burris Ewell. Burris is obviously a troublemaker and causes Miss Caroline much distress. He ends up walking out of school on the first day. This did not alarm the most of the students because most of them knew about the Ewell’s situation. That night, Atticus explained to Scout that the Ewells had never done as honest day’s work. The truant officer said that after they were on roll the first day that she
Another situation where bending the law could end up being very positive is if a friend shares some kind of secret with you and orders you not to tell, but this secret could be harmful to them. It was later confirmed that this unknown figure was in fact Boo Radley. Just about everyone in town was present, including Scout dressed as a ham. He attacked both the children, knocking Jem out. Atticus said that it’s silly to force someone into a new environment and in this case, it’s better to bend the law. Most of the time following the law will lead to a better environment for everyone, because that’s why they’re there. On Halloween night, a pageant was held instead of the usually festivities. Boo ended up Ewell by stabbing him, and then carrying Jem home to bed. It was good that I broke or bent the law and told because now he has turned out to be someone that really feels good about himself.
This idea of bending the law also applies to one of Boo’s situations. Boo...