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.
In the novel, To Kill A Mockingbird, one of the major themes resides in the fact that while people come and go, rumors last forever. Dill, one of the characters in this novel, has a sudden and profound realization which embodies this idea: "I think I'm beginning to understand something. I think I'm beginning to understand why Boo Radley's stayed shut up in the house all this time... It's because he wants to stay inside" (227). Boo Radley, a prevalent, although often unseen, character in Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, was no exception. Throughout the novel, rumors and lies altered the public perception of Boo Radley. Very often, these rumors propagated, as they were distorted further
In the last century, the epidemic of racial discrimination in America is showcased by how society functioned in areas like the South. Their entire social structure once revolved around segregation of not just race, but gender as well. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the normalcy and expectation of racial prejudice is demonstrated in 1930’s deep south. In the movie The Help, directed by Tate Taylor, the ever growing civil rights movement of the 1960’s began to change the view of some southern citizens. The main characters, Scout Finch and Skeeter Phelan, both witness the bigotry and injustice within their society. They both are angered and baffled by the blatant racism and sexism in their
Boo has helped Scout change her viewpoint from thinking that he’s a scary person who always stays inside to finding out that he actually cares about her and chooses to live inside because he prefers to stay where he can observe what’s going on in the town and protect people when needed, which helps teach Scout that you can’t assume things without knowing the facts.
Throughout the book Lee portrays the theme by using the character Boo Radley. In the first chapter Scout and her brother describe Boo as a malevolent and hideous person who eats animals raw. All throughout the majority of the book Scout never actually sees Boo Radley and because of this she places judgment and false accusations on him. Although at the very end of the novel Scout does meet Boo Radley in person, and she is standing on the porch of the Radley place when she starts to come to a realization. She says “Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.”(374). From analyzing this quote Scout is finally seeing perspectives
The writer, Harper Lee, in chapter 9 of her novel To Kill a Mockingbird conveys social racism. For example, when Atticus tells Scout how lawyers have black clients but not all lawyers try to do a good job at defending the black person.
Theme oo"He ain't company, Cal, he's just a Cunningham-" "Hush your mouth! Don't matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house's yo' comp'ny, and don't you let me catch you remarkin' on their ways like you was so high and mighty! Yo' folks might be better'n the Cunninghams but it don't count for nothin' the way you're disgracin"em"" (32). Symbolism "Dill said striking a match under a turtle was hateful" (18). Character development ""Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn't know it when he put the blanket around you"" (96). To KiIl a Mockine Bird Dialectical Journal Assignment Ryan I Calpurnia wants Scout to learn that no matter who your guest is you should treat them with respect and kindness. In the novel, respect for everyone and the Don't say nigger Scout. That's Common"" (99). Ryan 2 In the novel, respect for everyone and the coexistence of good and evil are themes that support this quote. Atticus is able to admire Mrs. Dubose's courage even while she makes fun of Atticus for being a nigger lover. No matter how mean she could be to him he would still treat her with respect. Throughout the novel Scout changes from being a tom-boy to a girly-girl. She used to wear trousers now she wears pink dresses. This shows that as she has gotten older she has changed. At the beginning of the novel Scout was afraid of Boo and treated him as if he were not human. Now Scout decides to walk him home. Atticus surely answers Scout that he defends niggers because it is morally right and just because they have a different skin color does not mean they are people too. In the novel, this shows the theme of Racism. Symbolism ""'When I went back, they were folded across the fence... like they were expectin' me"" (78). Symbolism ""Mr. Finctr, if you was a nigger like me, you'd be scared, too" (261). Ryan 3 Boo leaves Jem's pants folded and sewed. During the novel Boo symbolizes
In the book To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, we follow Jem and Scout as they try to discover who Boo Radley truly is. In Maycomb County, Boo becomes stereotyped as a monster that has been hiding for many years. Scout and Jem want to find out why Boo stays inside and if he really is as bad as people claim. Jem and Scout use empathy and try to relate to him even though he is seemed a monster. Boo teaches Jem and Scout to not judge someone from stereotypes and try to understand a person for who they truly are. The children try to interact with Boo and get to know him better. They slowly create a bond and at the end Scout even refers to him as her father. Boo plays the role of a distant teacher that interacts with the children in a silent,
In Harper Lee’s Pulitzer prize winning “To Kill A Mockingbird” ,Maycomb always portrayed Boo Radley as the devil of their town; he is described by the townsfolk as a violent and dangerous man. He has always been misjudged by society and he is a major victim of society’s prejudice. Jem and Scout never saw this in Mr. Radley. Sure, they were scared of him at first but their opinion changed after each encounter. They discovered that Mr. Radley is a very sweet, nice, and innocent man even though he has done substandard things in the past. One event changed the way people saw him. It is arguable that Boo Radley is even more of a mockingbird than Atticus Finch due to Boo’s acts of kindness towards the kids. He brings plentiful joy to their lives
To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee tells a story of racial prejudice during the Depression and how it is combated. The main development in the novel is that a Atticus, the father of Scout and Jem, has been appointed to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a young white woman named Mayella. Many people in the town of Maycomb, particularly people involved with the case of Tom, have a negative attitude towards African Americans. Prejudice was a terrible issue in the South during the Depression, but Atticus Finch shows that racial injustice can be combated in two main ways, each having different levels of effectiveness.
Everyone has to deal with coming of age but it happens differently for everyone. It could be having to learn to be independent or learning that no one is perfect. In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee shows off the theme of coming of age pretty well. The book tells a story of a young girl 's life and how some things aren’t as you imagine them. She always thought one of her neighbors was a creepy old man who never comes out of his house but in reality he was just afraid of society and what’s currently going on. Her father, Atticus already knew what was up with their neighbor, Boo Radley. Boo Radley was much better of a person than Scout first thought, he left the kids treats and gifts in the tree. This event shows off that Boo Radley is actually
In the 1930’s the concept of segregation was introduced since slavery had just been abolished. Segregation is the action or state of setting someone or something apart from other people or things. The african americans were segregated from the whites through facilities, services, and opportunities such as housing, medical care, education, employment, and transportation along racial lines.
If not for the major characters, the minor characters have played an equally important role in Maycomb with their contrasting views. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is mainly about Jem and Scout growing up under the difficult situations created in Alabama during The Great Depression. Stereotypes and discrimination are major problems in Maycomb. Scout and Jem Finch are raised by Atticus, with the help of Calpurnia, their maid. In the first part of the book, Scout, Jem and Dill are fascinated by Boo Radley because of the rumors they hear about him, and they try everything to make him come out of his house. In the second part of the book, Scout and Jem find out that their father is going to help Tom Robinson, an African-American,
In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, undoubtedly there is more than one type of discrimination displayed. Before we get into that, what exactly is discrimination? Well, to discriminate means to treat someone differently based on what they believe, their age, gender, who they love, even their appearance. The forms that I will be talking about are Sexism, (Prejudice actions based on gender) Racism, (Prejudice actions based on race) classism, (Prejudice actions on those of a different social class) and discrimination on those with a disability.