To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming of age story, through the eyes of Scout, a young girl living in Maycomb County, Alabama. Scout is raised in an odd time in American history when racism and prejudice were routine. Scout was surrounded by people that forced to learn many crucial life lessons and help her mature into a respectable lady. List points Firstly, Atticus taught Scout many important lessons, but most importantly, not to be prejudice, and treat everybody equally. This was extremely important in Scout’s growth as a person because at the time many people were blinded by racism. Scout learned to treat everybody equally. Atticus led a great example for Scout by taking Tom Robinsons case; He tried to win just as hard as he would have for a white man. Anytime Scout would ask questions or make comments about other people, Atticus would remind her not to judge others. For example, when Scout asks Atticus if he's a “nigger lover” he responds "I certainly am. I do my best to love everybody....it's never an insult to be called what …show more content…
Although Boo Radley is a mystery in the community, he is the reason behind many of the life lessons Scout learns. Atticus tells Scout and Jem the day they go shooting their guns “Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit ‘em, but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” Though this sounds like advice a parent might give their young children. I believe it was a direct reference to Boo Radley in hopes to teach them a lesson. Boo Radley was an innocent and harmless man accused of crimes he didn’t commit. Like Miss Maudie's definition of the mockingbird ",they don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy.” (Lee, 119). Boo was a man who did none of which he was accused; he never ate squirrels or poison pecans, he was very innocent. The lesson taught from this _________, is killing/ bothering things that don’t hurt or bother you is wrong; leave Boo Radley
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The events in the small town of Maycomb in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout’s childish perceptions develops higher levels of maturity in interpreting the occurring events, influencing her oblivious innocent character. The lack of understanding and awareness of her surroundings throughout the novel further reveals her progressing persona. Racism is culture and prevalent in the South throughout the novel, which exposes Scout to the complexity of interracial relationships in extending her and the community’s beliefs. Scout narrates the story filtering the way characters evolve into the novel. However, Lee’s use of double-voicing shows Scout through the eyes of a child, sees Calpurnia as strict and cold-hearted.
Revenge can lead to both violence and death Conflict between people or groups of people often result in revenge. Revenge is an action of harming someone as a punishment in return for what they have done to themselves or others. Violence and death are usually the result of revenge. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird and the film, La Haine, revenge led to both violence and death.
Boo Radley is locked up in his house as punishment. Boo Radley is the mockingbird who has been hurt through association with evil. Boo is so innocent that even Scout is able to make a connection with him and mockingbirds, as she states that hurting Boo Radley would be like "shootin’ a mockingbird." Boo Radley is good child who is damaged by his barbaric father. Despite his abuse Boo Radley is still good at heart, at the end of the book Boo Radley comes to the rescue and saves "his children".
Through Scout's maturation and evolution under the guidance of her father Atticus, who instills in his kids the value of standing up for what is right, "To Kill a Mockingbird" addresses the themes of fairness and justice. The Tom Robinson case highlights racial inequities and legal deficiencies. The mockingbird serves as a symbol for the requirement to defend the innocent and weak people ’’ I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks.
Boo Radley teaches Scout to accept other people and that it 's perfectly fine to live a quiet and different life. A great example of this is shown when Scout walks Boo home after the Bob is killed, she waits until he gets inside and then stands on his porch and looks out at the neighborhood and says, “Atticus was right, one time he said you never really know a man until you are standing in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.” (Lee 279). Scout realizes that some people are different
To Kill A Mockingbird is a fictional novel that takes place in a small town in Alabama during the Great Depression. It is narrated by Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, one of the two children that Atticus Finch has. The other is Jem Finch, who is older than Scout and is more mature. Scout is a rowdy little girl that has strong opinions and loves her family. These kids are supported by their dad, Atticus Finch, and Calpurnia, the hired colored help.
“It takes courage to grow up and become who you truly are”- Harper Lee. Lee displays to us a perfect example of “Coming to Age” fiction theme in her novel To Kill A Mockingbird through the change of Jean Louise Finch (Scout) who was once a rowdy and rash tomboy but is now a considerate and attentive young lady. Scout went from fighting and shoving fellow classmates noses in mud to taking the advice of Atticus and choosing to walk away. Scout has gone through numerous changes ways she matures like going from judging others quickly, for instance Boo Radley, to accepting and taking the time to understand him as she grows older.
Lastly, Scout connects Boo Radley to mockingbirds, showing the importance of keeping Boo’s heroic action unheard of: “...like shootin’ a mockingbird” (276). To kill an innocent man, either physically or emotionally, is a sin. Boo never does anything to ask for attention; he just protects the children from an attacker, which is the
He was convicted for no reason, and Scout compares that to killing an innocent mockingbird. Although Boo Radley stabbed Bob Ewell, he did it to protect Jem and Scout because Ewell was about to stab them to death. Robinson and Radley’s kindness and helpfulness turned them into the mockingbirds of Maycomb. This quote displays Scout’s understanding that taking away someone’s innocence is
Before making her remark, Scout sees that Boo Radley is extremely shy and prefers to be left in the shadows. She also comes to realize that Boo is not a monster, like she previously thought, and is truly more of a guardian angel who has silently been looking after Jem and her as they grow up. Putting her observations together, Scout understands that Boo is not going to like any public attention, either positive or negative, that a court case about his heroic role in the death of Bob Ewell might bring. As a result, when Atticus asks Scout if she understands why he is letting Sheriff Tate cover up the case, Scout extends his lesson about not harming the innocent to Boo; to display her understanding of Atticus's lesson, she implies that making innocent Boo uncomfortable and harming his quiet life in the shadows due to his rightful action of protecting the children is just as wrong as shooting an innocent mockingbird. By illustrating Scout's journey from first learning that it is wrong to harm the innocent to being able to apply the lesson herself, Harper Lee demonstrates that Scout has matured during the course of the book and has come to understand that it is wrong to disturb those who do not disturb others.
Dehumanizing Boo Radly. Scout describes him as a ¨malevolent phantom¨ and never refers to him as a person. Which when you think about it isn't really shocking because that is how almost everyone in the town portrays him as. More evidence of Scout believing all of these awful rumors lies inside of this quote.¨Jem gave a reasonable description of Boo: Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained—¨(Lee 11)... This quote really stuck out to me because Jem goes on and on about how horrifying Boo Radly looks yet he has never seen him before and Scout who has also NEVER seen Boo Radley before says he gave a ¨reasonable description¨. It is quite scary how brainwashed the children are, including Scout.
Boo Radley a character who never comes out of his house and sounds as scary as his name, is used to portray an important theme in Harper Lee’s classic To Kill A Mockingbird. The classic To Kill A Mockingbird has many themes and inspires many people to learn from the themes. One of the main themes is developed by Tim Johnson, the pet of Maycomb, Tom Robinson, a black man convicted of rape, and most surprisingly Boo Radley. The theme these characters are developing is that it is a sin to hurt or kill something that is not harmful.
In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the circumstances of Boo Radley’s fate signifies the sin of killing a mockingbird because of his disconnection to the world as a result of his maltreatment. In his reckless teenage years, Boo Radley and his Old Sarum friends drove around the town square in a borrowed car and locked Maycomb’s beadle in the courthouse outhouse. Harsh punishment ensued as a result of his brash actions when Mr. Radley detained Boo in their house and “was not seen again for fifteen years” (13). This symbolizes the killing of a mockingbird because Boo Radley was a young, foolhardy boy who was cut off from the world by his father due to a single mistake.
Boo Radley represents one of the “mockingbirds” in the book, and a mockingbird is someone that is pure and innocence in the world. He is a good person that is hurt by the evil of mankind. In a lot of ways, Boo Radley might have have wanted to stay shut up in his house after seeing some of the awful acts that the townspeople have committed. But after seeing the Finch kids being attacked by Bob Ewell he had no choice but to leave the comfort of his own home that he has been enclosed in for so long to come out and save them. All though it would have been easier for this man to stay in his house rather than leave and then be drug into court, he did what he knew would be right and rescued the
“Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.” (Rosa Parks) What Rosa Parks says about racism is exactly what Atticus tries teaching Jem, and Scout throughout the book. In the book “To kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee many people learn about how courageous they are or someone they know is.