In the classic novel How to Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee introduces characters who seem extremely similar, then find slowly unveils stark contrasts between them -- primarily seen in the father figures of the novel: Bob Ewell and Atticus Finch, which is discovered in their mindsets, their upbringing, and their parenting
Perspective can impact many factors in a person’s life; whether they are happy or not, how they act, and who they might spend time with. How one thinks about their circumstances and other people can also greatly influence individual’s personal beliefs. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee conveys this idea numerous times through the characters. Three of the protagonists that exemplify this are Dill, Scout and Atticus.
Through most of the book Boo is like a ghost, Scout never sees him but his presence is felt throughout the story. For example:The gifts that Boo left in the tree made Scout and Jem happy even though they were scared of him. At first they were suspicious e.g. not wanting to eat the chewing gum, but it soon became fun for them. The soap dolls meant that someone who had Jem and Scout had carved them and the fact that Nathan Radley filled in the hole makes the reader suspicious that Boo is responsible for the gifts.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is a role model not only for Scout and Jem, but for the town as a whole. He is unbiased and just in his values, and this carries over to his parenting with Jem and Scout. Atticus always listens to what his children have to say, and they greatly respect him for it. He instills in them that it is okay to stand up for what they believe in, even if the rest of society shuns them for it. They are taught to treat other people with respect and to always think before acting. Although Maycomb sometimes looks down upon Atticus, he is an exemplary parent because he has ingrained the values of respecting others, thinking before acting, and being oneself into Scout and Jem.
It is extremely common place for the people in the small southern town of Maycomb to be stubborn, racist, and unforgiving. However, Atticus Finch, an outstander, seems to have a different view on things. In Harper Lee’s classic novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus’ glasses symbolize his power to see things from a different perspective. Unlike the typical Maycombian, Atticus knows that racial boundaries and stubbornness cannot carry on the developing world.
Throughout the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” written by Harper Lee, the readers can see how Scout changes her view about Boo Radley. Because of their nosiness, Jem, Scout, and Dill try to drag Boo out his house and to the outside world. Their innocent actions combined with Boo’s actions changed the image of Boo, in their minds, from “a malevolent phantom” (10), a person who kills cats and eats squirrels to a neighbor they can trust, who saves them from Bob Ewell. Scout says at the end, “Boo was our neighbor” (373). The readers can see a great change in their relationship. At the beginning, the children cannot even go near Boo’s place without palpitation, but at the end, Scout is comfortable enough to walk Boo up to his front porch. Throughout the novel, Scout has changed her view of Boo after a chain of Boo’s actions toward her. As Scout grows older, she becomes wiser to understand her father’s lesson, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it ” (39). Her father says this at the beginning, but till the end, thanks to the maturity combined with Boo’s actions that help Scout to understand it. She has matured enough to realize that people should not judge other people by rumor, but give them some chances to prove themselves.
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"Before I can live with other folks, I've got to live with myself. The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience" (Lee). Atticus Finch says this in To Kill A Mockingbird. I agree with this quote because of personal experiences I had along with other people’s experiences that have been shared with me.
“Atticus was right, one time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.” Standing from Radley 's porch and talking to Atticus helped Scout grow as a character and receive a different point of view on the things around her. As a little girl Scout was told rumors about Boo Radley which led her to see him as a strange and mysterious man. After a traumatizing event, at the end of the book, Scout walks Boo Radley back home and after standing on his porch she sees a different side to Boo Radley then people once told her. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee develops the theme you never know a person unless you have walked in their shoes through point of view, flashback, and characterization.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee many characters are victims of the harsh conditions of Maycomb County. Often those who are seen to be metaphorical mockingbirds are punished the most. A mockingbird is one who only wants and attempts to do good. Characters such as Boo Radley, Jem Finch and Tom Robinson are exemplars of mockingbirds in Maycomb. In the novel it is explained by Atticus that killing a mockingbird is a sin because they do not do anything to harm to us like nesting in corncribs, or eating up the gardens, they only sing for us. Multiple characters are symbolized as mockingbirds because it would be a sin to kill them as they only try and want to be a kind, civil person.
There are many strong and well-developed characters in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. There’s the emotional, mental, and physical maturity of Scout Finch, the growing up of her brother Jem, and the change of ideas about Boo Radley. One of the most important characters of the novel is Scout and Jem’s father, Atticus. He goes through a lot in the book, and we, as readers, get the insight of his parenting and mentality. He has an extremely crucial role in the book, and his impact on the course of the story is an memorable one.
In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee there is a character named Atticus Finch. Atticus Finch is a gentleman. All of the townspeople comment on how respectful Atticus is and how “‘Atticus Finch is the same in his home as he is on the public streets’” (Lee 61). He is never two-faced, Atticus has the same manner everywhere he goes. Mr. Finch has a very polite and respectful manner for everyone in Maycomb County.
In the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird,” Atticus Finch is a well reserved, honored, and honest man ;by contrast, Bob Ewell is a racist, cantankerous, and evil man. Atticus Finch once said, “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand.”
The second example is Boo Radley, an African American man who lives near the Finch house. Most of the children in Maycomb County (those that pass by the Radley house) are afraid of Boo because of the stories they have heard and so they tend to avoid the Radley house. In truth, Boo is a gentle person; Boo was essentially being harmed by people who were afraid of him. Boo’s innocence was harmed because people assumed the worst of him without knowing him. This is obvious through Scout’s thoughts after she discovers who Boo truly is; she eventually believes that hurting Boo would be like “shootin’ a
Atticus Finch is considered a strange person by Maycomb, his town, seeing as he is the single father of two while working as a lawyer, defending blacks in a racist society. Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird centers around the Finches as they try to keep Tom Robinson alive on fabricated charges while his children begin to learn just how gritty and dangerous life can be. Despite being pressured and attacked due to defending a lost cause, Atticus tries to help his children however he can, keeping them safe and showing them, in a good light, how to view the workings of the world. Overall, Atticus attempts to instill controversial but true morals and values into his children as they grow up.