In To Kill A Mockingbird, Jem is a 13 year old boy who, as he grows older, faces a rough childhood of being criticized by others because of his father, Atticus, defending a black person, Tom Robinson. For instance, on page 273 it’s written “Jem was scowling. It was probably a part of the stage he was going through, and I wished he would hurry up and get through it. He was certainly never cruel to animals, but I had never known his charity to embrace the insect world./ “Why couldn’t I mash him?”
At last, Harper Lee uses characterization to develop the theme of you do no know someone unless you have walked in their shoes. For example, after seeing things from Boo Radley’s perspective Scout realizes that, “ when they finally saw him, why he wouldn 't done any of those things… Atticus, he was real nice…” (376). After realizing who Boo Radley is, and after seeing things through his point of view Scout realizes what it is like through Boo’s shoes. She starts to understand Boo more and Scout grows as a character through that.
“Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy… That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (Lee 119). Innocence is just like a mockingbird, it is robbed away from children who have done nothing wrong. The novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee takes place in the 1930s during the Great Depression, in a small-sized town called Maycomb in Alabama. Jem Finch and Dill Harris are young children that have to experience and see new things as they grow up and in the process lost some of their innocence. However, Scout Jem’s little sister is the only one that keeps her innocence throughout the novel.
Atticus tells her that “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you crawl inside of his skin and walk around in it”( Lee 30). Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout is always finding herself walking through someone else’s shoes. Whether it be her teacher, Atticus, Boo Radley or Tom, Scout tries to understand better by looking at the other person’s point-of-view and compromising with the situation. Scout learns to be humane and to apply compassion and kindness when making sudden judgments with Atticus’ help (Champion). Growing up with Atticus helps Scout develop an open mind: unprejudiced and individual.
To later, puting around Scout when there is a fire at Miss Maudie’s house. The best thing he does and what gets him the title of a mockingbird is when he saves the lives of both Jem and Scout. Though, he ends up killing the towns resident villain. “I never heard tell that it’s against the law for a citizen to do his utmost to prevent a crime from being commited, which is exactly what he did, but maybe you’ll say it’s my duty to tell the town all about it and not shut
The two men Billy remember from the missing person’s reports, when he saw the names in her guest book. But before this, Billy says no names have been in the log book since these two other men. It only becomes tremendously suspicious and uncanny when Dahl implements her dialogue to be, “I stuff all my little pets myself when they pass away”… Although this makes the Landlady seem very insane and crazy, if we were to refer back to the idea of gender stereotypes and the possible inference of sexual connotations; Dahl maybe want to prove that stereotypically you should not judge someone by their title, nor their role.
He treats his children with respect, and explains to them what they do not understand. The text states, "I never went to school,' he said, 'but I have a feeling that if you tell Miss Caroline we read every night she'll get after me, and I wouldn't want her after me'" (Lee 42). The text later states, "Atticus said to Jem one day, 'I'd rather you go shot at tin cans in the back yard, but I know you'll go after birds. Shoot all the bluejays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird'"
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.
Although readers learn little about Boo, it is inferred that he regains innocence after being isolated for so many years. As he watches Jem and Scout from inside his house, he grows to like and care for them. He shows many signs of compassion, such as leaving gifts in a tree for the kids. He expects nothing in return just as a mockingbird would not expect any praise after singing a sweet song. As mentioned earlier, Boo saved Jem and Scout from Bob Ewell.
Take Mrs. Dubose, a recovering morphine addict: she vows that she'll die beholden to nothing and nobody. She's pursuing her own dream of being a free human being because she knows deep down that its right. To Kill a Mockingbird focuses on that gut instinct of right and wrong, and distinguishes it from just following the law. Even the titular quote: "Shoot all the blue jays you want, if you can hit 'em, but remember it's a sin to kill a mockingbird" is in itself an allegory for this message.
In Harper Lee To Kill a Mockingbird the theme of the story is to be thankful for your living situation. Harper Lee is telling the reader that their living situation isn 't the best. The theme of the story gets enhanced from what happens in the story or maybe what even happened before the story. “I never went to school.” ( Harper Lee Pg 42)
but in reality he was just afraid of society and what’s currently going on. Her father, Atticus already knew what was up with their neighbor, Boo Radley. Boo Radley was much better of a person than Scout first thought, he left the kids treats and gifts in the tree. This event shows off that Boo Radley is actually
Would you agree it would be horrible if not sinful to harm something good and innocent like perhaps a mockingbird? In the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee Atticus, the narrator’s father, says “Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird” (pg.119) when telling her what she can and can’t shoot with her new air gun. Scout tells us that Atticus never says something is a sin; so why would he say that maybe to teach her it’s bad to harm a good and innocent creature. Atticus’s quote means more than just it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird but that it is wrong to harm or kill something that is innocent and does only good.
Miss Maudie’s house caught fire in the middle of a winter night. The Finches live next to Miss Maudie, so Atticus had to get Jem and Scout out of the house. He told Jem and Scout that they were to stay in front of the Radley house while he went to retrieve some of Miss Maudie’s belongings from the fire. After the fire was put out, Atticus asked Jem and Scout where they got their blanket. It was not their blanket and they did not move during the fire, so someone must have given it to them.
In the novel ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’, Atticus Finch is Jem and Scout’s father. He is stern but fair with his children. He is a great father to the children and we can tell this from the life lessons he teaches them. These life lessons include the teachings of compromise to teach his children how to empathize with others around them. Atticus is the least affected by the deep seated racist prejudice throughout the novel, he speaks and acts for what he believes in.