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       The theme hate can lead to destruction is a valuable lesson in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. In the book, Bob Ewell’s feelings of enmity towards Tom Robinson lead him to see Tom as an excuse for beating Mayella. This leads to Tom’s death, and ultimately, the death of Bob Ewell. An example of the third degree of this theme in current society is when El Shehaby, a 2016 Olympian from Egypt, refused to shake hands with an Israeli after he was defeated by him. This is an example of a Muslim feeling that because he is superior to an Israeli, he need not show him courtesy or honor. An instance of a second degree of hate or disregard for others is when a Muslim man recently cheated taxpayers by using EBT cards and federal assistance to buy items free so he could sell them for a profit. After he was convicted, his wife and daughter flipped and cursed at the cameras, using profanity and obscene gestures. This shows that they did not find it wrong to cheat those who they thought inferior to themselves for their own personal gain. Finally, a first degree example of hate is the Boston Marathon Bombings.  Here, a radical Muslim named Dzhokhar Tsarnaev and his older brother set off two pressure cooker bombs during the final leg of the Boston Marathon race. The bomb killed three people and injured 264 more people. Here someone thought that Americans were so below him that they did not even deserve to live. This is the most extreme hatred can get, when you think that other people do not even deserve to live.

       The first degree example is far more serious than the other two because it means that the hateful feelings of an individual compel him to kill innocent people, usually large numbers of them. The second degree example is less serious than the first one because it does not involve killing and murder but is more serious than the third one because it involves an infraction of the law and someone cheating people out of what is rightfully theirs. The third degree example is less serious than the other two because it merely involves a lack of honor but is still important because it is a public display of hatred towards someone.

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