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How is passion stronger than reason in Macbeth and To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Posted June 20, 2011 at 8:17 AM via web

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How is passion stronger than reason in Macbeth and To Kill a Mockingbird?

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lsumner | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Senior Educator

Posted June 20, 2011 at 8:45 PM (Answer #1)

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In Macbeth, the passion is stronger than reason in that Lady Macbeth and Macbeth do not reason out their desire to kill King Duncan. They are both so passionate about becoming king and queen of Scotland until they do not weigh the consequences of their evil action. Macbeth and Lady Macbeth have their eye on the prize. They do not consider the price that will be paid for their evil desires.

In To Kill A Mockingbird, a black man will pay with his life for the community's passion to keep Maycomb a white town. Black people have no rights or justice in this sleepy town. The community is blind. There is no reasoning to their evil act of finding Tom Robinson guilty of a crime he did not commit. Because Tom is black, he is found guilty of a crime he did not commit. Reason takes a back seat in the town of Maycomb. Very few people support Tom Robinson. Atticus is the voice of reason, but he is outnumbered by twelve jurors who are prejudiced against blacks.

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