There are many instances throughout the novel where Atticus is seen teaching his children about the world around them, and tips on how to flourish in their society. Scout, Atticus’s only daughter, did not understand fully how to demonstrate empathy, until Atticus told her this, ‘“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.” ’ In this quote, Atticus is teaching Scout how to interact with those around her and demonstrate empathy by seeing things their way. Towards the end of the novel, Scout remembers this quote when she is standing on the Radley’s porch, which indicates that Atticus has an impact as a teacher in Scout’s life.
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. Scout starts out believing that Boo is a mean person who is out to her her and she quickly learns that Boo’s intentions aren’t to hurt her, but rather help her when she needs it most. For example, in the beginning of the book Scout was scared of Boo Radley and the Radley house as shown, “I ran by the Radley house as fast as I could, not stopping till I reached our porch”(Lee 44).
First of all, one of the life lesson Scout learns is that everyone should be treated equally. One way she learns this lesson is from Calpurnia, who has taken on the role of Scout and Jem’s mother figure. When Walter Cunningham comes over for lunch Scout criticizes him very rudely. Calpurnia takes Scout into the kitchen and scolds her. Calpurnia tells Scout that just because Walter is lower it doesn’t mean you can treat
Scout matures through the novel, from her interactions with Boo Radley such as when Boo gives Jem and Scout some gifts by putting them in the knothole of
“One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.” A quote from Atticus and a theme that was portrayed in all chapters of the book because nobody really understood how each person lived because they have only seen it in their perspective. Since children are very honest with their opinions they never had thought of the other person perspective, however, when they went through challenges they soon came to realize how Maycomb really is and started considering things. The author set out clues and other elements to portray the theme and to make the book more entertaining. Some literal elements Harper Lee has portrayed in How to Kill a Mocking Bird is the point of view because it sets up the emotions
Is Scout a Reliable Narrator? In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee the protagonist, who happens to be the narrator, is Scout Finch a six-year old girl who lives in Maycomb, Alabama. Since Scout is a very young child the book contains many hyperboles, or a literary device in which an author uses specific words or phrases that exaggerate and overemphasize the basic statement in order to produce a grander, more noticeable effect. So is this a detriment or an asset to the book?
Sometimes, however, comparing oneself to others can be a method of deep soul searching and a way to evaluate oneself while examining “the good, the bad, and the ugly” both of oneself and of another person. Such was the case for me while recently reading To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee with my students this fall. I have read the book many times, but this time I started to think about which character is most like me. The conclusion I drew was not exactly a pretty one. I found myself relating quite a bit to a character I do not even
It is crucially important to realize that Atticus did not tell his children about him being known as the best shot in town because this shows how humble he really is. Although Atticus does not directly talk to his children about humility; readers are able to understand how important this quality is to him. When Scout finds out about this, she wants to tell everybody, but Jem said on page 130, “I reckon if he 'd wanted us to know it, he’da told us. If he was proud of it, he’da told us.” Jem realized that his father was so humble and not prideful, and he went on to say that he was a gentleman just like Atticus.
2. Explain how a character is acting and why you think the character is acting that way. Scout is acting out at school; she nearly starts a fight with a classmate (Cecile Jacobs), after Cecile said “Scout Finch’s daddy defends niggers”. And another day she cursed and beat up Francis because he called Atticus a “nigger-lover.”
After reading the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, it becomes clear that the narrator and one of the two protagonists, Jean Louise Finch (Scout), has had their character develop and evolve throughout the novel. The book’s timeline, obviously consists of it’s plot, begins with Scout being a six year old girl with a tomboyish personality due to her only immediate family being her father, Atticus, and her brother, Jem, who is ten years old. Throughout the book, Scout begins with her thinking with her fists, believing in superstition, and not understanding how to think in other people's shoes, while growing up and changing her beliefs at the end of the novel. First and foremost, Scout is a bit quick to act at the beginning of the
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, each character faces a series of events which contributes to their development and growth. Other characters also influence these chances. Due to these events and people, the characters grew and were altered from the way they were in the beginning of the novel. Scout is no exception. The growth in Scout's maturity and understanding is seen in the way she treats others, and handles the tensions during this time.
In this stage of the hero’s journey, Scout begins her journey and crosses over to a strange new world. This new world is not a physical state but rather Scout ’s state of mind after viewing the trial of Tom Robinson. For instance, Scout reflects, “Tom Robinson was probably the only person who was ever decent to her. But she said he took advantage of her and when she looked at him in court, she looked down upon him like he was dirt beneath her feet.”
Life is short, coming-of-age is important to fathom and treasure. As you grow and develop to the world you encounter situations that will make you see the world differently. Stories, encounters, and even playing around the house can cause people to see from a new perspective. Coming-of-age involves recognizing different perspectives.
A Little Girl in a Big Racist World The Webster dictionary defines a bildungsroman as a novel about the moral and psychological growth of the main character. Scout is the main character and narrator of To Kill a Mockingbird, along with side characters such as Atticus, Jem, Dill, and Boo Radley. Scout learns many lessons in the novel that develop her into growing up, but three really stand out.