Scout demonstrates the idea that adversity does strengthen an individual by learning how to take her life situations, furthermore turn them into positive outcomes, resulting in her building an emotional wall in order to prevent her past from breaking her down, leading her to show the world that she is transitioning into a mature, young woman. In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Jean Louise Finch (Scout Finch) becomes exhibited to adversity in her early childhood. Scout begins by having an arduous time trying to be herself without facing the wrath of people narking on her about the way she dresses as well as the way she acts. Without a mother figure present in her life, the only way she feels like herself is by doing what she knows best, acting as well as dressing like a boy. In chapter eleven, Scout explains how
Two, a full belly, and three, a good night's rest.” From this quote the reader can take that Matilda is gathering knowledge from her family to better herself in the future. On page 85, Anderson states from Matilda's viewpoint, “Old soldiers trick. Find a willow tree and you’ll discover water nearby.” This quote shows that Matilda can not only take in knowledge but use the helpful tricks she learned from family to help in tough situations. Throughout Fever 1793, Matilda becomes independent and mature when she uses knowledge from Mother, Grandfather, and Eliza to survive. Overall, the theme independence and maturity best fits this book, as we can see the change in Matilda.
Lee also expresses this theme through Scout. She learns how to use politeness to avoid conflict when she resists the urge to fight Cecil Jacobs (Lee 85). While Scout does not understand the significance of her refusal to fight, it marks the beginning of her learning how to combat criticism. Harper Lee uses the theme of diplomacy and respect to counter the hatred of racism and the theme can be effectively applied to real life. Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee expresses themes through characters and actions to teach lessons about everyday life.
Ruth Lynch was a young girl when she read “To Kill a Mockingbird”. Lynch said that it gave her hope that not all Caucasians were evil and eased her fear of living in a racist world. Laura Bush, the former first lady, says Lee’s novel was created to bring the country together despite the many different backgrounds. Actress Tina Sloan explained how her and her friends were awakened and realized just what racial prejudice was. Anna Strasberg, another actress says that she believes the novel will teach people to trust others more and not judge a book by its cover.
Nevertheless, Calpurnia goes above and beyond when she decided to take their own needs before her own, by comforting them and not letting them worry about something, when she is clearly worried herself. She makes people reevaluate the relationship that black people can have with white people, by showing the close and nurturing relationship that she has primarily with Scout, but also with Jem. Her continual dedication to caring for Jem and Scout is not something that they would necessarily realize, but subconsciously they know what she does for them and how much concern and love she puts into looking after them. Even though it is her job to cook and look after the kids, she has this bond that makes her more like a surrogate mother towards them, in which it could be because she has been with them before Scout was born. However, Calpurnia has this never ending love that she feels towards the kids, and no matter what, it will never go away.
A woman named Harper Lee wrote “To Kill A Mockingbird”, which about the life of two siblings, Jem and Scout Finch, and their experiences in the eventful Maycomb County. It is written in the perspective of Scout. It is important that it is written in first person narrative because it emphasizes on the characters. Unlike third person omniscient, first person narrative shows the reader the truth of the character, which is very important when you want to see flesh in the developing character. Reading in first person narrative allows the readers to engage with the characters better and that is experienced with Scout while reading this great piece of literature.
This is the basic working building steps for the future where you are going to face the world directly and alone with yourself. To Kill A Mockingbird, a classic narrated by little Scout with limited understanding of the world, brings readers courage, compassion, and wider point of view by going through her childhood. Extremely detailed thinking of protagonists is the strongest evidence to prove their progressive growth in the novel, which brings up tons of reflection from readers about their experience when they were young and quietly go deeper and deeper in readers’ hearts. When Scout grows up and becomes Harper Lee, she sees more than one side of the world and people around her, she sees the evilness and fight against it. She sees no news about her book being banned, but only her unshakeable faith in
She is not afraid to beat a boy up, stand up for what she thinks, or speak her mind. Scout is a great example for any girls reading To Kill a Mockingbird. She confronts and tackles traditional gender roles and throws them out the window, sometimes without even realizing is doing
“Sometimes the bravest thing you can do is ask for help.” - C. Connors This quote is used in the novel Fish in a Tree by Lynda Mullaly Hunt. This novel is about a girl named Ally Nickerson who learns that some people have differences for a reason and not all differences are bad. Ally struggles to fit in and make friends at her new school, and to top it all off she is picked on because people think her differences make her an outsider. With the help of Mr. Daniels Ally feels like she can accomplish anything because she turned the things she believed to be impossible into things she knew were possible. The major parts of this novel were chapters 21, 23, and 29 because these chapters reflect what Ally feels during some major events throughout the novel.
Throughout our lives, as girls, we have been taught how to act, how to dress, how to act as a “young lady”. In the short story Girl by Jamaica Kincaid, we have seen how the narrator has strong values of how young women should be like and intensely advocates her daughter’s life to be traditional and most importantly gives her advice and warning her from becoming a “slut”. The narrator makes it very clear of how her daughter should act, giving her an endless list in order for her to be looked as a “good girl”. The narrator wants her daughter to be looked as a “good girl” because she wants to protect her by preventing the bad outcomes if she ever turns into a “slut”. The setting in Girl takes place in the West Indies; which has a significant influence of the narrator’s worldviews and values.
For example on page 48 lee says “ Dill if you won 't hush i 'll knock you bowlegged. In other words this is scout talking to her childhood friends. This illustrates that Harper Lee had a childhood friend just like Dill. As one can see this connects back because it shows how harper lee took her childhood and put some of it in the book. In To Kill A mockingbird society shapes scout be helping her see life through other people 's point of views, also be making her more mature.