Atticus Childhood

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The protagonist of To Kill a Mockingbird Scout is confused and in quite the dreadful state. She had an exhausting 1st day at school and she is contemplating why she is even going to school anymore. From her point of view, her father doesn’t have a degree level education. Young Scout is confused on why others seemingly do as they please; she doesn’t enjoy going to school where her very teacher is not tolerant of Scout. Atticus, her father, has some ideas to share with Scout about seeing from another person’s eyes. And Scout’s confusion is perfectly understandable. In To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus shares knowledge to Scout with this simple quote: “First of all… if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks.” This is Atticus’ introduction to the main idea “... You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb in his skin…show more content…
She sees that her teacher is still learning, but why can’t she be like the Ewell’s and only go for the 1st day? In her eyes Atticus never achieved a degree. Scout only really sees that she is learning at home with reading at night with Atticus, and listening to stories. School seems to rob the fun of learning, especially with things that are beyond her control: such as a teacher who doesn’t understand who she is, but Scout must listen and obey regardless. Atticus has more knowledge to share with his daughter, he says, “... the Ewells had been the disgrace of Maycomb for generations.” This quote is harsh, but the truth hurts. He continues on with how the Ewells live, and Scout quickly learns why education is important. Her desire to not return to school is quickly replaced with the desire to not be like the Ewells. Scout has the revelation as to why everyone can’t do as the please; Atticus successfully explains to his daughter the importance of obeying the ways of the
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