To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel by Harper Lee about her life in the early 1960’s. To Kill a Mockingbird shows Scouts life and the events that lead up to her meeting Boo Radley. In To Kill a Mockingbird Scout discovers hot to grow up through her life. First off in To Kill a Mockingbird Scout discovers growing up through her life the first character that shows this is Atticus. In Maycomb Scout was having a bad day and her dad teaches her a life lesson “You will never understand a person until you consider things from his point of view until you climb in his skin and walk around in it” (page:39).
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.
Every day brings new choices that have the ability to influence different aspects of our lives. The consequences that we face revolve around the choices we make. Whether these consequences are big or small, choices will always impact our lives. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee develops ideas about the influence of choices on the life of an individual by demonstrating that choices can lead to learning valuable life lessons, choices can influence others to judge and individual and that choices made by one individual could influence others’ choices. When one makes choices, it often leads one and/or others to learn valuable life lessons.
Harper Lee uses many techniques in To Kill a Mockingbird to achieve the goal of character development. One way Harper Lee exhibits this is by using inner thinking when Scout holds back from fighting Cecil. Scout is eager to fight Cecil because he was making fun of her father, Atticus, for defending a black man in court who goes by the name of Tom Robinson. In chapter nine, Scout was ready to throw a punch but realizes that would not make matters better. “My fists were clenched and I was ready to let fly … I was far too old and too big for such childish things, and the sooner I learn to hold it in, the better off everybody would be” (Lee, 99).
Scout is a very intelligent girl from birth and shows it throughout the novel. She learns to read before she even starts school, which angers her teacher due to an advantage over the other students. Scout is as intelligent as she is because of the way Atticus raised her. For being so young, she comes to understand big concepts quickly. For example, Atticus references the killing of a mockingbird early in the novel and Scout brings is back in conversation in the second to last chapter.
The name of the novel being explored is 'To Kill a Mockingbird' by Harper Lee. To Kill a Mockingbird is set in the 1950's in Alabama Maycomb during the racist times towards the blacks. Throughout this topic the focus is on the main character/narrator Scout (Jan Louise Finch). This essay will explore Scout's character and the negative and or positive influence she has on other characters at the start, throughout and at the end of the text. At the beginning of the novel 'To kill a Mockingbird' Scout is a naïve, has a very tomboy like personality, is a judgmental five year-old girl who was oblivious to the cruelty's of the outside world.
“Lawyers, I suppose, were children once”. Lee chooses to write from a child’s point-of-view, and that is what makes this story so brilliant. The story is presentable from the perspective of Scout. An innocent little girl that can make racial remarks and regard people of color in a way like the community, Lee provides an unbiased view of the condition. As a child, Scout can make remarks that an adult would avoid saying; whereas they would find an adult who makes these remarks offensive.
People are influenced by the ones around them; these people can have positive or negative influences. Mentors are role models for you look up to and learn from. The only way for mentors to have a positive influence is if they are heard. Listening is the key. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee creates mentors for Scout to show listening to the advice of those before you can lead to strong morals and an understanding of others.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee presents a life of Jean Louis Finch, also known as Scout, growing up in a small town. The setting of the story takes place in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1960’s. Life for Scout growing up appears difficult because of the Great Depression, racial inequality, white supremacy, and peoples’ prejudiced mindset. In the beginning of the book, Scout’s character shows her innocence, her tomboyish side, her adventurous personality, and her ability to question and observe the goodness and evilness of society. By the end of the novel, Scout learns fighting does not fix everything, possessing lady-like characteristics obtain value and holding prejudiced thoughts reflects in every person’s life.
¨Boo was our neighbor. He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good-luck pennies, and our lives. But neighbors give in return. We never put back into the tree what we took out of it; we had given him nothing and it made me sad (pg. 373) In this section of Harper Lee's novel, To KIll a Mockingbird the theme coming of age is portrayed in many different ways, particularly in the passage of chapter 31.