Jem a shipshape son Everyone knows Jem from To Kill a Mockingbird, but do you? How well do you know Jem? To Kill a Mockingbird is a story about the deep south told through a young girl's perspective, a perspective of innocence written by Harper Lee. Jem plays an important role in To Kill a Mockingbird, because he had his dreams broken at a young age.
Jean Louise “Scout” Finch is a very bright young girl who lives in the county of Maycomb, Alabama, where people have very in-the-box thoughts and views about life and people they don’t know. Maycomb a dirt poor county where many life lessons can be learned about racism, culture, and certain people. For Scout Finch that is what life is all about, learning. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout Finch learns very important lessons about life through the people of Maycomb which has changed her perspectives on life. First off, one lesson Scout learns about life is to not judge the people she knows in Maycomb.
To Kill a Mockingbird and The Help both demonstrate the hard times during the civil rights movement by showing the theme growing as a person, even though the novels have their differences throughout different perspectives. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout is talking to Atticus about why Jem is acting differently than what he used to. In the novel, it states,” Jem was twelve. He was difficult to live with, inconsistent, moody. His appetite was appalling, and he told me so many times to pestering him, I consulted Atticus: “Reckon he’s got a tapeworm?””
I made the mistake of reading the first Little House on the Prairie book once again after finishing the series. It was just so hard to believe that the distinguished Laura Ingalls Wilder was once a naughty five-year-old, always secondary to her flawless older sister. This transformation made me realize that in reality or literature, characters change as they grow. Their change depends on the events taking place in the book, which explains how and why Laura Ingalls rose up to be the head of the family when her older sister was unable to do so. Many literary works portray growth or refinement of certain characters; physically, mentally, or emotionally.
In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses her own childhood experiences of growing up in Monroeville, Alabama during the Great Depression to show the coming of age of her character, Scout Finch. “ People” Lee explains, “ moved slowly then,” and such a pace gives the young room to invent games, run rampant on the town streets, and stay safe.” Scout Finch was always the “go-getter.” She was the little girl who fought for what she thought was right, usually with her fists. "You might hear some ugly talk about it at school, but do one thing for me if you will: you just hold your head high and keep those fists down.
In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout, Calpurnia, and Atticus stand out when courage comes to mind. These characters show courage in many unique ways with different situations. In the early 1930s, in the deep south, racial discrimination was a huge conflict, for example, the Jim Crows Laws were in play, and it legalized segregation between blacks and whites. Courage isn’t always shown in situations, but simply throughout growing up.
Creative Title Many people believe integrity is one of the most important traits to have. Nowhere is this concept more prevalent than in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. In the town of Maycomb, racism and prejudice are so deeply ingrained in society, they impact every aspect of daily life, including the justice system and one’s right to a fair and equal trial.
Losing hope is an apparent theme throughout the numerous chapters in To Kill a Mockingbird and is evident in the actions of Dolphus Raymond, Mayella Ewell, and Tom Robinson. Dolphus Raymond is in love with a colored woman for reasons the residents of Maycomb County can’t seem to understand. They cannot wrap their heads around the fact that a privileged, handsome white man would want to have a life with a colored woman. After countless arguments and conversations about justifying his actions, Dolphus Raymond just lost hope in Maycomb understanding who he wants to be with and how he wants to live his life. “It ain’t honest but it’s mighty helpful to folks.