To Kill a Mockingbird, a novel which teaches us many themes like empathy by always following right morals and doing what is right. Inside those life lessons the novel also teaches us something important. Readers see the power of an 8-year-old to defeat a mob, making them acknowledge what they are doing and “stand in the shoes of another”. We read that a total stranger who is isolated from society (Boo Radley) helps a pair of kids and ends up saving their lives. People do bad acts because of power, or maybe they don’t know better, or (most of the time) people choose bad because if they do what is right it isn’t going to benefit them.
Atticus wants to teach his kids Jem and Scout life lessons at an early age so they grow up as respectable people. Atticus takes the trial knowing the consequence that him and his family will be harrassed by the town because it is the right thing to do. Atticus finch decides to defend Tom Robinson to be a good role model for his children and prove that the “Golden Rule” is a rule to
While at the jail the mob encounter Jem, Scout, Dill, and Atticus Finch. Scout notices Cunningham and starts to talk about how she knows his son, and how he’s a pretty neat kid. This apparently awakens Cunningham to a sense of his own consciousness, and he leads the mob away. There are many ways you could look at this situation, but I believe that because Scout spoke about Cunningham’s son, Cunningham realized he wouldn’t want his son to be doing this. In that moment you can see the human in Cunningham, and the desire to be a good example to his son.
He is a very wise man who has seen a lot and learned a lot from those experiences. Like he said “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”(Lee, 30) Scout kept on seeing this lesson repeated throughout the story. She saw it with Mrs. Dubois and her wanting to break her addiction. She also saw it with Tom Robinson and the trial. But she did not understand it until
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Tom Robinson is a black man who is wrongly accused and tried for the crime of raping Mayella Ewell, a white woman, and is being defended by his lawyer, Atticus Finch. According to the book it’s written “I guess Tom was tired of white men’s chances and preferred to take his own.” This shows how Tom struggled emotionally because Tom was emotionally tired of being controlled by others, letting others have the opportunity to control his life and what happened to his family. Deciding to take matters into his own hands, Tom ran for it even though he knew there were high risks of him being killed, which shows how the caged bird in the poem “Caged Bird” is much like him. In the poem “Caged Bird” by Maya Angelou, the caged bird is compared and contrasted to a free bird and by examining the circumstances of Tom Robinson’s life, I say that he is very much like the caged bird. For instance, in stanza two it’s stated “His wings are clipped and/ His feet are tied/ So he opens his throat to sing.” If we compare the bird’s wings to Tom Robinson’s hope, the feet to his heart, and his action of running to the action of opening his throat to sing, we can visualize the song that Tom Robinson would sing, one about him losing hope and not wanting anyone to control his life anymore, and so in this manner he is very much like the
Finding out how cruel society is at a young age is a lot to take in but gives so much in return. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, two characters Jem and Scout learn many valuable lessons that do not necessarily come from school education. Throughout the book, valuable lessons Jem and Scout learn are more found in real-life rather than in a school atmosphere. The school life of Jem and Scout is not mentioned in the book that much, but from the scenes they are mentioned, seems to the reader that the school is protecting them and holds them back. In real-life, Scout and Jem are revealed to court cases, racism, murder, and etc.
There are many instances throughout the novel where Atticus is seen teaching his children about the world around them, and tips on how to flourish in their society. Scout, Atticus’s only daughter, did not understand fully how to demonstrate empathy, until Atticus told her this, ‘“If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.”’ In this quote, Atticus is teaching Scout how to interact with those around her and demonstrate empathy by seeing things their way. Towards the end of the novel, Scout remembers this quote when she is standing on the Radley’s porch, which indicates that Atticus has an impact as a teacher in Scout’s life. Atticus not only teaches Scout about how to interact with other people, but how to better understand her society.
How does Lee present Atticus in part I of the novel? Lee presents Atticus as an exceptional father who, despite the belief of the majority of Maycomb residents, chooses to respect his children, and raises them without a wife or mother to look after the children— which was frowned upon, particularly by his sister Alexandra. Lee has shaped our responses to Atticus in a positive light through the eyes of (six-to-nine year old) Scout Finch. However, the writer invites us to see Atticus in a negative way through the eyes of Mrs. Dubose, who believes he is letting his wife’s children run around like wild animals. We progressively see Scout gain more resect and admiration towards her father as the novel goes on, discovering his hidden talent at shooting,
Sure, good books have a moral or life lesson at the end of them, but great books have many. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee Scout, the main character, learns many lessons. In a nutshell, Scout and her brother, Jem, are growing up in a world of inequality and prejudice. In the mix of all of this Scout learns many important and valuable life lessons. A few of these are: Everyone should be treated equally, to fight with your head, and not to judge people so quickly.
Atticus, a distinguished lawyer, raised his two kids, Scout and Jem, to be disciplined youth, practicing honest morals. Everyone in Maycomb admired Atticus for his respectable character, just as they all abhorred the Ewell family, for their cheating and lying ways. However, Atticus’ prominent role in town was suddenly challenged when he was chosen to defend in court Tom Robinson, a black man whom Mayella Ewell accused him of taking advantage of her. Eyes that once looked up to Atticus with deep admiration, now glared at him in disgust. In this town, the prejudiced jury refused to accept the obvious facts revealing Tom’s innocence.
Throughout the novel To Kill a MockingBird Atticus proves his greatness as a father by teaching his children life lessons through everyday actions. In the novel, Scout and Jem go through many rocky bumps in their life, and with Atticus they receive a stable role model to lead them through harder times. Atticus being a lawyer could have made him into a very serious busy man who could have paid little to no attention to his young children. But being a lawyer helped mold Atticus and his children into well rounded and educated people. By the end of the novel Atticus has changed his children into disciplined and reasonable human beings.
To Kill a Mockingbird tells the story that strangers aren 't always bad, okay, that 's not what it 's about but it does play a big role throughout the book especially at the end. While Boo is secretly watching the kids, he starts to care about them and you see proof of that by the end of the book. A main discussion that Harper Lee expresses is the relationship between Arthur (Boo) Radley and the kids, which although starts out with Jem slapping Boo’s house and getting his attention, turns out to saves both Jem, and Scout’s life by the end of their journey through Maycomb. Throughout the first part of the book we start to see a growing “relationship” with Boo. It’s not your typical neighborly relationship, it started out with a young boy
Jeremy Atticus Finch (Jem) is Scout 's older brother, and is another example of a mockingbird in the story. The theme to not kill a mockingbird is explored most powerfully through the relationship between Atticus and his children, as he devotes himself to instilling a social conscience in Jem and Scout. Jem’s transition from a perspective of childhood innocence, in which they assume that people are good because they have never seen evil, to a more adult perspective, in which they have confronted evil and must incorporate it into their understanding of the world. Jem moves into adolescence during the story, and his ideals are shaken badly by the evil and injustice that he perceives during the trial of Tom Robinson. Jem is victimized to an extent by his discovery of the evil of racism during and after the trial.
Laurie 's parents were very concerned about Charles since everyday he seemed to get in trouble . Charles was bad again " the teacher said not to play with him but everyone did". [shirley 65 ] This part states to his parents that he wants to be more like [charles] because he is In kindergarten so acting like a rebel is apparently cool [fresh]. In the beginning of the story it shows Laurie always mentions Charles as if he was a kid that goes to school and has many friends due to his coolness [fresh] . At the parent and teacher meeting Charles mother finds out that Charles isn 't a real kid . "
Both presenting themselves as an intelligent individual in the art of schooling, meanwhile they show naiveness of a child in observations of human behavior. Scout, in To Kill A Mockingbird, became well aware of cruel insults from her community about their dislike of her father’s actions. Her and her brother became accustomed and grudgingly tolerable to such insults and began to realize that the white folks could not accept the Negroes into everyday life. Maya, in I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, grew up in a black community, thus not being surrounded by racism all the time. On the other hand, her brother experienced how cold-blooded the white community is toward the black.