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 innocence actions combine with Boo’s actions have changed the image of Boo, in their mind, from “inside the house lived a mavolent phantom” (10), a person that kills cats, eats squirrels, poisones pecans… to a neighbor that they can trust who saves them from Bob Ewell, “Boo was our neighbor” (373). The readers can see a great change in their relationship. At the beginning, the children can’t even come near Boo’s place without palpitation, but at the end, Scout is comfortable enough to walks Boo up to
Atticus says, “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 consider things from his point of view" (Lee 39). Atticus also continuously advises Scout and Jem to maintain self-control and to engage in respectful behaviors throughout the book. In Chapter 9, Scout asks Atticus if he defends “niggers” Atticus explains to Scout that he will be defending a man named Tom
When Boo Radley saves Jem and Scout from Mr. Ewell it begins a new relationship between Atticus and another outcast, Boo Radley. This may foreshadow a future relationship between the families and ultimately showing the community that everyone is capable of being friendly to each
All children have a moment where they start to mature and come of age. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus tries to teach his daughter Scout to act more sophisticated and ladylike. When Scout was younger she would ignore Atticus’s request, but now that she has matured you can see her wanting to adjust her personality. Harper Lee uses the characterization of Scout to show the motif that she is coming of age, in the novel she has progressively become more empathetic, she doesn’t act on her impulses, and Scout is finally learning and gaining perspective of how people in Maycomb act toward each other. Even though Scout seems to be unfamiliar with how to act around other people when they are going through certain hardships, she began studying Atticus in an attempt to learn how to convey empathy.
Killing a mockingbird is a sin in many cultures because of the animal’s innocent nature; in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird she immaculately illustrates this. To Kill a Mockingbird is about the Finch family, which consists of: Scout (Jean), Atticus, Calpurnia, and Aunt Alexandra. They reside in the modest town of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s. The father of the family, Atticus, is defending a colored person, Tom Robinson, in a court case regarding rape. In turn, this affects Atticus’ children, Scout and Jem, negatively.
Instantly, Atticus and his family go from being respected and beloved by their town, to being outcasted and despised. As a result, Scout is forced to go through many challenging situations that force her to grow up and see life and people as they truly are. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Maycomb county and its people have a huge influence on Jem and Scout. By acting as an example
As the main character, Scout, gets older she starts to lose her innocence and gain empathy, but she doesn’t quite get the concept. So her father helps her out by telling her, “‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-’” (Lee 39). In this quote Atticus is explaining to Scout how empathy works and how it is an important life skill to have. This helps Scout grow out of her innocence. Connecting to the theme, Atticus is trying to improve Scout’s quality of life by helping her understand empathy.
Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird courage comes across as something you are taught rather than valued as a given. This is shown through Scout, Atticus and Boo. Scout allows herself to let go of all the rumors and negative things said about Boo Radley. All through the book she was torn between the person Boo was made out to be and the realistic version of his true self. In chapter 31 Scout takes Boo by the hand
Can you remember the first time you realized your parents cannot do everything? Everyone gets to the point in their life where they no longer see their parents as all-knowing. Although it may seem deceitful that parents are willing to put in so much effort to make the world seem like a more magical place; it just shows how much parents themselves are still grasping at the idea of innocence. After the make-believe world associated with holidays and lost teeth fades parents lose most of their magic. The book To Kill a Mockingbird is told from the naive point of view of 8 year-old Jean- Louise Finch.
In conclusion, the mockingbird is a symbol that repeats in the novel in the kindness and innocence of the characters of Tom Robinson, Jem and Scout, and Boo Radley. It is a sin to kill a mockingbird because of its innocence. Similarly, it should be a sin the way that Tom was unjustly imprisoned and died, Scout and Jem were assaulted for their father’s choices, and Boo Radley was kept away in his house even though he cares for his neighbours. Harper Lee shows the reader how the world is unfair and how innocent people are