The same thing happens in To Kill a Mockingbird by the majority of the characters whenever something happens that incriminates them. A demonstration of self-preservation in the novel is when Atticus is cross-examining Mayella Ewell in court. During the cross-examination, Atticus says, “What did your father see in the window, the crime of the rape or the best defense to it? Why don’t you tell the truth, child, didn’t Bob Ewell beat you up?” (Lee 251).
The Importance of Courage The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy- MLK Jr. This quote is the perfect way to summarize the important lessons learned by Jem and Scout Finch in To KIll A Mockingbird.
In the novel,“To Kill a Mockingbird” Atticus’s statement of “you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them” is true due to the evidence given from the characters Boo Radley,Tom Robinson and Mayella Ewell. Who throughout the novel have demonstrated a dramatic upcoming and are not seen for who they are but what people believe they have done. The simple wisdom of Atticus’s words reflects the complicated matters of rumors and gossip in Maycomb county.
After news of Atticus defending a colored man named Tom Robinson spreads around town, people think less of Atticus. Scout’s schoolmates start teasing and insulting Atticus which leads to a fight, but Atticus tells Scout that “ no matter how bitter things get, they’re still our friends and this is still our home” (Lee 79). Atticus fully understands the situation and empathizes with Scout that he understands and why she would act in such way. Atticus also knows that in the long run, it is better to prevent Scout from fighting, so he sacrifices a part of his own dignity and reputation for her assurance that all is good, even though other people may judge. The sense of caring heart and understanding for Scout that Atticus influences upon his children are in some ways a form of empathy because it is a way for Atticus to understand their situation and their hardships.
To begin, The change we see in Atticus’s perspective and moral values from To Kill a Mockingbird to Go Set a Watchman creates a lasting impact on how Scout sees her father who was once her role model, and the dynamics of their relationship that Scout values. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus is a honorable, intelligent, and courageous. Atticus cares about the moral upbringing of Jem and Jean Louise, but he allows his children to be individuals. In addition, Atticus teaches his children multiple life lessons. These lessons range from the respect of every individual to teaching Jean Louise and Jem a sense of morality and compassion.
Also throughout the course of this novel, Boo places items in the knot of a particular tree for Scout & Jem. However, the last “item” gifted to Scout and Jem is much more valuable than anything previously received. “He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch & chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, & our lives,”(242) is referring to the courageous moment Boo saved Scout and Jem’s lives. Lee states, “Thank you for my children, Arthur” (242). This is expressing to the amount of gratitude Atticus bestows upon Boo and how much courage someone would need to possess in order to complete what Boo has.
He is concerned that Scout will fall with the rest of society and discriminate because of her friends. We also learn that Atticus is not as concerned with Jem. He knows that Jem is more mature and calm and will make the right decision. Atticus’s parenting style is based off of his beliefs in equality and justice. He tells his children to call him Atticus instead of father so that they can interact on equal terms.
Even if a person is down, it is still important to prioritize humbleness because it can make him find a light in a sea of darkness. The theme people who are hopeless can still be humble is relevant in Markus Zusak’s The Book Thief as shown through Hans, Max, and Ilsa Hermann, who keep this mentality in mind while trying to overcome hardships. Hans keeps this optimistic thinking in mind from the beginning to the very end. “For Hans Hubermann, this uneasy development was actually a slight reprieve” (Zusak 353).
From that point on, Scout and Jem realized Boo is actually not the monster they thought he was, like how I thought about Mr. Cash before really knowing him well. To Kill a Mockingbird is a great novel that explores many important themes. Scout, Jem, and Dill 's assumptions about Boo Radley related to my own experience of don 't assume someone before knowing them. I 've learned that not all people appear how they look, and one has to talk to them and interact with them to know who they truly
After an injured Hamlet wounds Laertes with the poisoned foil, Laertes laments that he is “justly killed” by his own “treachery.” (5.2.337). In blaming himself for his downfall, Laertes declares the justice of his death. Laertes possesses only a simple understanding of the immorality of murder because his honor, anger, and a lack of concern for his own damnation drives him to ultimately carry out the act. After Hamlet kills Claudius, Laertes states the justice in the king’s death and says, “mine and my father 's death come not upon thee, / Nor thine on me!”
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem and Scout are siblings and their father, Atticus is a lawyer. They live in Maycomb which is a fairly small and close-knit community, everyone knows everyone. The Radley house is a major part of the book. The Radley house is very odd and to everyone else is scary and off limits. Throughout the story Jem and Scout, with their friend Dill, try to get Boo out of the house.
The world hunting for the mockingbirds. The courage, honesty, and integrity aim to protect this submissive creature, who is pleasing the world with the songs. The courage is a capability to protect the bird in yourself, your family, and in the rest of the
At the beginning of the novel, Jem is on the pre-conventional level; therefore, he acts childlike and wants to avoid punishment. The reason that Jem reacts this way because he does not want to be punished by society or the authority. In the novel, it implies: “ Atticus ain 't ever whipped me since I can remember. I wanta keep it that way” (Lee 56). This suggests that Jem is in the stage of obedience and punishment since he undertakes not wanting to disobey his father and does not want to be punished.
This shows that Boo helped teach the kids you should never listen to rumors. You do not truly know someone until you have been in their shoes. Each day someone is made fun of or judged. This novel teaches you to stand up to the people who put you down. It doesn 't matter what others think, all that matters is that you are happy.