Poem analysis

The first poem is referred to “Scout”, the daughter of Atticus Finch. In the novel, the narration is told from her, and through her eyes we see the events taking place. The author reflects her naïve and innocent understanding of things, though given from the perspective of the elder life. The poem is bound to the way she investigates the world together with her brother and cousin. She doesn’t feel comfortable at school, as at home she receives much more valuable and interesting knowledge she cannot apply within the strict system of egalitarianism. Further, she believes some rumors about “Boo”, but she is courageous and curious enough to learn the truth. The court when Tom Robinson is sentenced to imprisonment becomes one of the most striking events in her life.
The second poem shortly reflects the story of Arthur “Boo” Radley. Being a child, he was convicted in disorderly conduct, and not to be put behind the bars, he was instead put under the hatches by his father. For not showing enough respect to other families, Radleys were abandoned by the community and their house became cast away. Further, frightening legends began to appear, and since no one saw Arthur, people imagined anything awful they could about poor man. However, when Scout and Jem showed interest to him, he left presents for them and eventually saved their lives when they were attacked by Bob Ewell.

The third poem is told from the perspective of Tom Robinson, the Black American who was unjustly accused of raping Mayella Violet Ewell. He was open-hearted and empathetic enough to provide his aid when Mayella asked for, but instead of gratitude he received disguise and conviction. He was an honest worker, but Mayella tried to seduce him when he came to help, and her father turned around the situation to make the “nigger” look guilty, and his daughter supported the idea. Despite the evidence against these suppositions, found by Atticus Finch, who agreed to defend Tom, Tom is sentenced to imprisonment and is killed, when he tries to escape for the sake of his wide and children.

The fourth poem is directed to Atticus Finch, the lawyer who defends Tom Robinson despite all the complexity of the situation in the community. Atticus is a widower with two children whom he brings up on his own with the ideals of truth, humanity, courage and compassion. In face of his children, for whom he is a pattern to follow, he can’t refuse the case and that’s why he goes till the end. Knowing that almost all the community is against his unlucky client, Atticus nevertheless tries his best to win and reveals all the ugly truth to public. To revenge, Bob Ewell attacks Atticus’ children, who are fortunately saved by Radley.

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