To Kill a Mockingbird
Explain the relevance of the title of the book – pointing out who could be considered “mocking birds” and what actual/potential harm was involved. "But remember, it's a sin to kill a mocking bird". This is the one warning Scout and Jem receive when Atticus gives them their air rifles. But why mocking birds and not blue jays? Both Atticus and Miss Maudie believe it is a sin to kill a mocking bird as they "don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy". Harper Lee titles her novel To Kill a mocking bird as two of the main characters were "mocking birds". They were harmed or put in potential danger because of the prejudice about race and class in society, and that of the unknown or different. Two characters in To kill a mocking bird could be viewed as "mocking birds". They were Tom Robinson and Boo Radley. Both do not harm society in any way and both are innocent people. However, because of their ways of living, the morals and principles that they have grown up with, they are picked on by society. Tom Robinson was a gentle, kind and quiet man. He went out of his way everyday to help a white woman, Mayella Ewell, with her duties around her home. However, being black, it was not acceptable for him to feel sorry for a white person. Because of his gentle ways, he is viewed as a mocking bird, innocent and harmless. The inhuman acts towards the mocking bird, Tom, starts when he is accused of raping Mayella Ewell. When Tom is put to trial, Atticus proves conclusively that Tom could not have actually committed the crime he was being convicted of. However, he was still found guilty. Tom becomes the victim of white prejudice when society convicts...
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The character represented in this collage is Jem Finch. I chose Jem because he is the most influential character in the book, apart from Scout. Jem is really the hero of 'To Kill a Mockingbird,' as he is loyal and takes the most responsibility. Jem's personality has three strong traits. He is coolheaded, kind, but has a dormant violent side to him. In the background of this collage there are three colours – blue, red and yellow. The colours represent different aspects of Jem's personality. The blue represents a cool head. Jem does not react to people calling him names. He also patient with Scout. The yellow symbolises Jem's kindness and leadership. Throughout the book Jem is well mannered, kind, charitable and a good decision maker. The red symbolises Jem's dormant violence. On page 114, after being repeatedly abused by Mrs. Dubose, Jem destroys her white camellias. Jem also enjoys shooting. On this collage one will notice that there is a jagged red triangle (to represent violence), a blue triangle (to represent a peaceful nature) and a yellow triangle which is almost buried (yellow represents kindness and leadership.). Around the triangle there are many images. The images relate to the symbolism of the particular triangle it's orbiting. The equilateral triangles symbolise Jem's balanced nature. They also represent Jem's tolerance – he treats all people equally, regardless of colour. Around the red triangle there is a camellia with a black cross through it, a white man on a bluejay's body, a shotgun, a black man on a mockingbird's body and a tree being struck by lightning. The shotgun, the negro on a mockingbird's body and the white man on the bluejay's body represents what Atticus and Miss Maudie said to Jem on page 99 and 100. On page 99 Atticus says, "Shoot all the bluejays...
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English Coursework: To killl a mocking bird Question:- Prejudice and courage are powerful themes in "To kill a mocking bird". Show how Harper Lee deals with them in her novel. The author of this well acclaimed book, Harper Lee was born in nineteen twenty six in Monroeville in Alabama. In this aspect she is similar to Scout, also in addition, Harper's father was also a lawyer. "To kill a mocking bird" was written in the nineteen sixties just at the beginning of the black civil rights movement. However, the novel is set around the nineteen thirties. This was the time when Alabama was at the peak of racial tension, thus most events in the book could have been from real experiences. This novel contains many different aspects of life at that time. "To kill a mocking bird" is not just a story of racism; it is a story of childhood, lessons in life, diplomacy, respect, prejudice and courage. When read, it proves how much the world has changed. It still discriminates eg. women still have less power than men and unfortunately some people are still racist, but things have changed for the better. Slavery was abolished about one hundred years ago today. Slaves were treated with no respect at all, like animals. They worked to the bone with no pay just because of the colour of their skin. Black people were shipped along the seas to serve the British or Americans. Although slavery was abolished by the nineteen thirties, black people were still considered as second class citizens compared to white people. Blacks and whites were very much segregated from each other. Separate churches and even separate toilets were made for each race. At that time, white people always overpowered black people. This obviously meant there was much prejudice between each race and this...
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Jean Louise Finch, nicknamed Scout, narrates this story and it is told during the great depression of the 1930's. She lives in the town of Maycomb, Alabama with her widowed father Atticus, and her older brother by four years, Jeremy Finch (called Jem). Scout tells us about her ancestors who originally fled England to escape religious persecution and they established a large farm on the banks of the Alabama River called Finch's Landing. The family was farmers for a hundred years until Atticus became a lawyer in Maycomb while his sister, Alexandra, ran the farm. At the start of the story, Scout is aged 6. Scout's mother had died four years previously and their cook, an old black woman called Calpurnia, helps to bring up the two siblings. An odd boy named Charles Baker Harris, known as Dill, moves in next door for the summer to stay with his aunt, Miss Rachel Haverford. Dill's parents are getting divorced and he is reluctant to talk about this taboo subject, but is very talkative about everything else. Coupled with his intelligence, he soon becomes friends with Scout and Jem. Their main curiosity over the summer months is the Radley house, in particular one of its strange occupants, Arthur 'Boo' Radley, who never comes out of the run-down house at the end of their street. As a boy, Boo got into trouble with the authorities and his father imprisoned him in the house as a punishment. Nothing much was heard about him until fifteen years later when he stabbed his father with a pair of scissors and people suggested he was a lunatic. The old Mr. Radley refused to have his son committed and when he died, his son Nathan came to live in the Radley house so that Boo would not be left alone. The run-down...
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A Critical Analysis of "To Kill A Mockingbird" The novel "To Kill a Mockingbird" is about a girl named Scout Finch who lives with her brother, Jem, and their widowed father Atticus, in the Alabama town of Maycomb. Maycomb is suffering through the Great Depression, but Atticus is a wealthy lawyer and the Finch family is financially fine in comparison to the rest of society. One summer, Jem and Scout become friends with a boy named Dill, who has come to live in their neighborhood for the summer. Dill becomes fascinated with the spooky house on their street called the Radley Place. The house is owned by Mr. Nathan Radley, whose brother, Arthur (Boo), has lived there for a long time without going outside. Scout goes to school for the first time that fall and hates it. She and Jem find gifts apparently left for them in a knothole of a tree on the Radley property. Dill returns the following summer, and he, Scout, and Jem begin to act out the story of Boo Radley. Atticus puts a stop to their fun, telling them to try to see life from someone else's view before making judgments. But, on the last day of summer, the three sneak onto the Radley property, where Nathan Radley shoots at them. Jem loses his pants in the escape. When he returns for them, he finds them sewn and hung over the fence. The next winter, Jem and Scout find more presents in the tree, left by Boo. Nathan Radley eventually plugs the knothole with cement. Shortly thereafter, a fire breaks out in another neighbor's house, and during the fire someone slips a blanket on Scout's shoulders as she watches the blaze. Convinced that Boo did it, Jem tells Atticus about the mended pants and the...
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Context of To Kill A Mockingbird section Context In this section, Atticus is arguing with Mr Tate about the death of Bob Ewell. In the background of the drama, Scout was listening to what is being said. Atticus claims that Jem was the one that killed Bob Ewell by getting a "hold of Ewell's knife somehow in the dark" but Mr Tate says that he fell on his own knife killing him. Both men are very stubborn and refuse to be persuaded easily. Sub-context Before the argument started, both Atticus and Mr Tate knew who murdered Bob Ewell. Atticus and Mr Tate are not actually arguing but trying to protect Arthur Radley who they both knew was the killer. They are both trying to confuse Scout who is listening to the conversation in the background. Both Atticus and Mr Tate are worried that Scout might tell people about what really happened that night which would expose the identity of Arthur Radley. At that night, there were two knives involved which meant that two men were at the struggle. Mr Tate and Atticus are trying to take away one knife leaving the kitchen knife the only one left in the case. Mr Tate did this by taking Mr Ewell's switch-blade knife and pretending that he found it from a drunken man that night. If Atticus or Mr Tate uncovered that Arthur Radley saved Jem and Scout or murdered Bob Ewell, this would only put Arthur in the limelight of the situation which would disturb his peace that has been happening for 20 years already....
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Character Analysis of Scout and Jem in "To Kill a Mockingbird" It is a sin to kill a mockingbird because they do nothing but make music for us to enjoy." This was quoted from To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, a creative novelist. To Kill a Mockingbird is about a young girl named Jean-Louise Finch, her brother Jeremy Finch and many other characters. Jean- Louise is nick-named Scout and Jeremy is nick-named Jem. Their father Atticus ,who was a lawyer, had been given a case to handle and did not have any choice but to receive it and work his best for his client. The case was about an African man, named Tom Robinson, who was accused of raping a white woman. Throughout the story the reader sees how Scout and Jem are afraid of Boo because they think he is a monster and try to tease him. They try to play tricks on Boo. Later in the novel they are no longer afraid of him and are no longer interested in teasing him. Another example of their maturity is how they view people. When Scout and Jem see how Tom Robinson is treated just because he is black, they begin to understand the meaning of prejudice. No one comes to help Tom Robinson except their father who defends him when Tom is accused of raping a white woman. Scout watches the trial and believes that he will be found innocent. Instead, Tom Robinson is found guilty. Her disappointment in the verdict makes Scout question the idea of justice. "Who in this town did one thing to help Tom Robinson, just who?" (215) Scout and Jem had believe that their father was not like any other fathers in school. They see him as an old man who can´t do...
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The characterization of Scout in Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird is seen from the progression of a child's eyes; the many experiences and lessons learned, dealing with prejudice, are carried through to her adulthood. Lee uses this method of characterization to show that he many experiences and lessons learned as a child can create and effect the person that you grow up to be. In this case, Scout has many experiences with the prejudices dealing with race, which will be carried with her through her later life. Lee introduces Scout to be a young girl living throughout the Great Depression in the early 1930's. She lives with her father, Atticus and older brother, Jem. Jem and Scout are basically raised by Caplurnia, a black "maid", who comes and watches after them and takes care of the house while Atticus is at work. Because Scout lives with just her father and brother, and is raised mainly by a black woman she has many encounters with different types of racism. Throughout the novel, it is made clear that the Finch's always go to church, but when Atticus leaves for a business trip, Calpurnia is left to watch after the children. On this Sunday in which Atticus is not home, Calpurnia decides to take Scout and Jem to her church. In this adventure to a "black church" for the first time Scout, Jem and Calpurnia are confronted by Lula; a big black woman who is offended when Calpurnia brings the two white children to their black church. "'You ain't got no business bringin' white chillum here-they got their church, e got our'n. It is our church, ain't it, Miss Cal?' Calpurnia said, 'It's the same God, ain't it?'…" (Mockingbird, pg. 119) This quote, between Calpurnia and Lula, shows that there is...
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This essay will be talking about the differences between the book and the movie. There are some significant main ideas missing from the movie. The missing scenes from the book are when Jem and Scout go to church with Calpurnia, the school scene in which you get to know the Ewells and the Cunninghams, and how Aunt Alexandra, who influences the children in the book, never appears in the movie. The scene missing from the movie where Jem and Scout go to church with Calpurnia is one of the most important in the book. You learn of the respect that many of the black people have for the Finches, since their daddy is defending a black man. You also learn that not all black people are nice to Jem and Scout. Calpurnia gets into a fight with another lady at church defending Jem and Scout's right to come to the black church. This shows you how much Calpurnia loves Jem and Scout. The director left this part out of the movie because in the court case there is another example of how the black people respect Mr. Finch. They all stand up when he walks out of the room. But in the movie, because the church scene is missing, it doesn't seem that the blacks have as much respect for the Finches. You also don't see in the movie that some black people of Maycomb County don't like hanging around Whites as much as the white people don't like hanging around Blacks. Another scene that the movie left out was a morning in the schoolroom. In the book, you meet the children of the Mr. Ewell and Mr. Cunningham. I think the director left this part out because you get to know Mr. Cunningham in the beginning of the movie...
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Racism can come in many forms such as active violence or prejudice, and it can result in disruption of social values. Racism is able to corrupt a town, which is evident within the court scene of Tom Robinson. Rumours and gossip were exchanged throughout Maycomb County, and one such comment was: "typical of a nigger's mentality to have no plan, no thought for the future, just run blind first chance he saw. " In this quotation, the word "typical" is implying that all black people have a lower intelligence level than white people. Racism can also draw out the worst in many, while it can also bring out the darkness in people's hearts. As Atticus states: "a place where a man ought to get a square deal is in a courtroom, be he any colour of the rainbow. People have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box. " The quote explains that even the justice system can be influenced by racism. The concept of racism is further explored when part of the town acts unfriendly towards Atticus, because he defended Tom Robinson and was a "nigger – lovin' bastard. " The depiction of the men in workmen clothes also symbolises the rough nature of the citizens in which they think that black people are a hindrance to society, and serves to further emphasise their lack of understanding of racism. Racial discrimination also took place inside family households as shown when Aunt Alexandra tried to rid the family of Calpurnia, simply because "we don't need her now. " It was previously understood that Alexandra got angry when Scout retold Atticus of how she went to Calpurnia's church....
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To Kill a Mockingbird is a classic novel about a young girl, her brother, and a close friend and their adventures in finding Boo Radley, and growing up in a prejudiced society towards African-Americans. The books main character Jeane-Louise Finch, nicknamed Scout, is shown how cruel and unfair the world can be, especially southern Alabama during the Great Depression. The reader is given a very good idea of how hard it was to show courage through its time of need. To Kill a Mockingbird portrays great courage, for example Scout, her father Atticus, or Ms. Dubose in her time of peril. It is all of these stories rolled up in this book that kept me reading this classic novel, although reading is not my favourite pastime, this book was a very satisfying read. I would say that To Kill a Mockingbird is a very good read for anyone who is looking for inspiration, or is looking for a strong story. Lee depicts family values shining through in the darkest of times, and the many intertwined stories create a . memorable novel. Atticus Finch is a courageous person because he does what he believes is right, and does not follow Maycombs racist way. Defending Tom Robinson, an African- American man accused of raping a white woman proves Atticus' integrity. His children Scout and Jem feel the repercussions of their father's actions in defending Tom Robinson, "But Mrs. Dubose held us: "'Not only a Finch waiting tables, but one in the courthouse lawing for niggers' ... 'your father's no better than the niggers and trash he works for.'" Atticus stays strong and does what is truly right despite the publics' beliefs. Mrs. Dubose is a good model of courage because she recognizes she has a flaw and that she has to fix....
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Harper Lee illustrates the theme of courage in the book To Kill A Mockingbird. The book takes place in a southern town in Alabama. Most of the townspeople are racist in their views against black people. The story is narrated in first person by a young girl nick-named Scout. Her father, Atticus Finch, plays an important part in the story by defending a black person in court. This novel presents two children growing up in a biased community, often discriminated themselves, because of their father's views. Lee portrays courage in the characters of Atticus Finch, Mrs. Dubose and Boo Radley. It takes courage for Atticus Finch to go against people's beliefs in order to do what he believes was morally right. The racist views of the town are against Atticus defending Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman, and Atticus is often discriminated against for not agreeing with them. His children, Scout and Jem, also feel the hatred of others against them because of what their father's beliefs are. "But Mrs. Dubose held us: "'Not only a Finch waiting tables, but one in the courthouse lawing for niggers' ... 'Your father's no better than the niggers and trash he works for.'" Although Atticus is criticized for what he decides is right, he bravely ignores the disapprobation. Mrs. Dubose is courageous because she recognizes she has a flaw and that she has to help fix it to make it go away. She is addicted to Morphine and makes a goal to die free from her weakness. She goes through a withdrawal period that is difficult to survive. "Her head moved slowly from side to side. From time to time she would open her mouth wide, and I could see her tongue undulate faintly. Cords of saliva would...
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Cunningham and Ewell Character Analysis from To Kill A Mockingbird In the widely known novel To Kill A Mockingbird there are two families that are very diverse and are text book examples of complete opposites on the moral ladder of success. The Cunninghams and the Ewells have two very distinct and opposite reputations. The Cunninghams which are very respected while the Ewells very much despised. The Ewells are given the privilege to hunt out of season, so that the residents of the small town of Maycomb would not have to tolerate their continuous begging twenty-four hours a day for seven days a week. These two families show the respectability of hard workers or, in the Ewells case, can fill their peers with sorrow. The Cunninghams have pride, as for the Ewells, they have a natural like anarchist nature that will eventually haunt them and hurt others because of their lurid like attitude. The Cunningham's are very respected by the citizen's of Maycomb county. The Cunninghams took nothing, unless they could pay it back. Walter the youngest in the Cunningham clan was in the same class at school as Scout Finch the daughter of Atticus Finch. While in school, a fresh young new school teacher known as Miss Caroline did not know the reputations of the predecessors of these two children. In what looked like a good day for the rookie teacher quickly turned into complete disarray and a total adversity trip for the teacher. Walter Cunningham being raised in a very hard working environment was taught not to take what he could not pay back. The teacher obviously did not know about his background in the most minute way and embarrassed him extensively by almost demanding him to take some lunch money. Knowing that he could not pay Miss Caroline...
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"Stand up for what is right, even if you are standing alone." This quote means a lot to me. I have always tried to do the right thing in life but have failed many times because of peer pressure In the book To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus Finch, a strong lawyer and a loving father is a very strong example of this quote. Atticus always does the right thing regardless. He has lost respect and friends this way but has also gained respect. Atticus lives by his own rules and mostly by his conscience. Atticus defends Tom Robinson, an innocent black man who is being accused of beating and raping 19-year-old Mayella Ewell. He knows he is innocent and knows that if he does not defend Tom nobody else will because he is black. Atticus proves he is not a follower by defending Tom. Several children and adults torment Atticus and his family because he is doing the right thing for an innocent black man. The rest of the town does not believe defending someone that is black is the proper thing for a white lawyer to do. By Atticus sticking up for his beliefs and his morals he and his children are almost killed. His children get so angry with people tormenting them. They do not understand why their father is doing this. Jem goes over to Mrs. Dubose's house and chops all of her flowers down because she is talking bad about Atticus. When Atticus hears about this he is very angry. He makes Jem go over to her house to apologize. As punishment, he must read to her until she no longer wants him to read to her. Atticus teaches his children to respect others even if they do not always respect them. Atticus believes when a...
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Education in To Kill a Mockingbird takes the form of formal and informal education just like in Australia and other countries. The two Finch children Jem (Jeremy Atticus Finch) and Scout (Jean Louise Finch) undergo education in the novel and appear to learn a limited amount. Scout's first experience of formal education was disastrous. Although Scout was a talented student with exceptional reading ability, the teacher Miss Caroline Fisher did not recognize this as a special ability that should be encouraged and instead, belittled her as if she was a freak and said that Atticus "taught her all wrong, so they can't ever read any more. (pg33)" In this novel, Harper Lee appears to be satirizing formal education because the Dewey Decimal System that Miss Caroline referred to as the basis for reading and writing is nonsense because this is actually a system for categorizing books. While formal education is somewhat of a disappointment, the concept is still alive and well. Jem and Scout in particular learn the most important lessons in life through informal education. In terms of education, there are many teachers in the novel such as Calpurnia, Mrs Dubose, Dolphus Raymond and most importantly Atticus who provides the most valuable lessons. Atticus teaches his children many important values but the most importantly of these are perhaps understanding, tolerance and empathy. When Scout comes back from her first day at school, she is understandably disillusioned and angry. Atticus mollifies her by suggesting that life isn't always fair and that her elders need to be respected even when they are wrong at times....
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Families in "To Kill a Mockingbird" In the widely known novel To Kill A Mockingbird there are two families that are very diverse and are text book examples of complete opposites on the moral ladder of success. The Cunninghams and the Ewells have two very distinct and opposite reputations. The Cunninghams which are very respected while the Ewells very much despised. The Ewells are given the privilege to hunt out of season, so that the residents of the small town of Maycomb would not have to tolerate their continuous begging twenty-four hours a day for seven days a week. These two families show the respectability of hard workers or, in the Ewells case, can fill their peers with sorrow. The Cunninghams have pride, as for the Ewells, they have a natural like anarchist nature that will eventually haunt them and hurt others because of their lurid like attitude. The Cunningham's are very respected by the citizen's of Maycomb county. The Cunninghams took nothing, unless they could pay it back. Walter the youngest in the Cunningham clan was in the same class at school as Scout Finch the daughter of Atticus Finch. While in school, a fresh young new school teacher known as Miss Caroline did not know the reputations of the predecessors of these two children. In what looked like a good day for the rookie teacher quickly turned into complete disarray and a total adversity trip for the teacher. Walter Cunningham being raised in a very hard working environment was taught not to take what he could not pay back. The teacher obviously did not know about his background in the most minute way and embarrassed him extensively by almost demanding him to take some lunch money. Knowing that he could not pay Miss Caroline back in the way...
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In Harper Lee's book To Kill a Mockingbird there are four evident social classes in Maycomb County. They are the professional white class citizens, poor honest white citizens, poor dishonest, outcast white citizens and black citizens. The professional white class own property and have jobs that provide income or money that came from their families. Members of this class are Atticus, an attorney, and his contemporaries Miss Maudie, the daughter of Dr. Frank Buford, Miss Stephaine, the town do-gooder and gossip, and the Radleys even though Mr. Radley had spent all of his wife's money and had no visible means of support. The poor honest white citizens are hard working, good-hearted farmers that refuse charity. Members of this class are Little Chuck Little who consoles Miss Caroline when she cries, and the Cunninghams who are low on cash but will repay their debts with livestock and produce from their farm. The poor dishonest outcast white citizens consist of one family the Ewells. They wear dirty clothes, grow no food, don't work and hunt with the sheriff's permission out of season. The final class is the black citizens, some of which are honorable and hard working yet seen by all the others social classes as being beneath even the poor dishonest white citizens. Calpurnia, the finches housekeeper who is considered one of the family, Jessie, Mrs. Dubose's dependable maid and companion, and Tom Robinson, an honorable man accused of a crime. The professional white class citizens, poor honest white citizens, poor dishonest, outcast white citizens and the black citizens are the four social classes in Maycomb County....
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Harper Lee's novel To Kill a Mockingbird, published in the year of 1960, is the American classic novel awarded the Pulitzer Prize in fiction as well as the Brotherhood Award of the National Conference of Christians and Jews. The racism which is prevalent in many small American towns in the 1930s is illustrated with profound imagery in To Kill a Mockingbird. Although there are several characters in the book, the true main character is the young narrator's father, Atticus Finch, a man of great integrity and intelligence. He is a very heroic figure in more ways than one. Atticus possesses such traits as being principled, determined, and what's more, he's a teacher to others. By looking at To Kill a Mockingbird, one can see that Lee utilizes physical description, dialogue, and actions to characterize Atticus as a heroic individual; this is important because Atticus is a very serene, but spirited man. The most important legacy Atticus teaches in To Kill a Mockingbird is the message about how best to educate a child. From the beginning of the book, it's obvious that Atticus' life is down in luck. "It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyways and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do"(124). He strives to instill in Scout and Jem three specific values: spirit, bravery and tolerance of others. Atticus tries to clarify the disposition that's shown in the book by saying that it's important to appreciate the good qualities in people and comprehend the bad qualities by treating others with compassion or trying to see life from their standpoints. "If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you...
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In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout learns some major lessons. Some of these lessons are not worrying about little things, how to be a lady, and appearance and reality. Atticus teaches Scout and also Jem not to worry about little things because there will be bigger things to face. Aunt Alexandra teaches Scout about being a lady when coming to live with the Finch Family. Atticus teaches Scout about the difference of appearance and reality. One major lesson Scout learns about in To Kill a Mockingbird is not worrying about little things. A good example of this in the book is during the fire. Miss Maudie's house is burning down and the Finch's house starting to catch fire. Scout asks Atticus if they should go in and save some of their belongings and furniture but Atticus says it's not time to worry yet. He knows that the court case about Tom Robinson will bring something bad upon his family. Atticus, being a very calm person, tries to prepare his children to be strong and not to worry 'til it's actually time to. A second major lesson Scout learns is how to be a lady. An example of this lesson is when Aunt Alexandra comes to live with Atticus and his children. She thought that Scout was a tomboy because she didn't have a woman around to influence her and Atticus let her do whatever she pleased. Scout starts to get interested in becoming a lady when Tom Robinson is shot and Aunt Alexandra is in complete shock but goes back to her guests and acts like nothing had happened. Scout admires this of Aunt Alexandra. Another major lesson Scout learns is appearance and reality. An example of this lesson is the day Miss Dubose, Tom Robinson, and...
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Private talk to Calpurnia in the kitchen one day Calpurnia, I was just thinking about Mrs Dubose. I know that sounds weird but somehow, I seem to think of that incident differently now. Throughout the past few years, I have encountered numerous problems ranging from retrieving my pants from the Radleys to the court case that dad was involved in. However, my conflicts with Mrs Dubose have been most memorable. I still remember the amount of trouble I caused her that actually lead to the understanding of her values and beliefs. I had always hated and feared her but since she has passed away, I feel the less. It all started on the afternoon after my 12th birthday. Scout and I were heading to V.J. Elmore's to buy a miniature steam engine for myself and a baton for my sister. Unfortunately, when we passed Mrs Dubose, we were once again engaged in an unwanted conversation. She started by insulting my sister so I thought that we should leave before things got worse but she stopped us. She continued by saying that our father defended for niggers. This caused me to implode with anger. Dad was the person that I respected the most because he taught and cared for me extremely well after my mother's death. I was not going to let a person like Mrs Dubose get away with this but I remained calm. We continued to walking to the shops and I bought the items we were after. These new toys helped clear some of the anger but I was still eager for revenge against this woman that insulted me helplessly many times. As we returned home passing Mrs Dubose's house, I noticed that she wasn't on the porch. Although I knew it was mortally wrong, I still let...
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