One infamous couple that is an evident theme throughout Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird is love and sacrifice. The father-child bond between Atticus, Scout, and Jem is undoubtedly a symbol of love and sacrifice. “But do you think I could face my children otherwise? You know what’s going to happen as well as I do, Jack, and I hope and pray I can get Jem and Scout through it without bitterness… I just hope that Jem and Scout come to me for their answers instead of listening to the town” (Lee 117). Atticus clearly knew what he was getting into when he took the case, he knew how it would affect him and his children.
In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee develops the theme to think for yourself through diction, imagery, and symbolism. In the first place, Harper Lee uses diction to develop the theme to think for yourself. For example in this quote it said, “ He almost whispered it, in the voice of a child afraid of the dark” (372). This shows how diction in this quote makes it more powerful by describing how Boo Radley sounded through Harper Lee’s choice in words. Also another quote with good diction is, “we never put back into the tree what we took out of it; we had given him nothing and it made me sad” (373).
To Kill a Mockingbird is told from the perspective of Jean-Louise “Scout” Finch, a young girl of Maycomb County. As Scout grows older, she witnesses or is subjected to the harsh realities of life: racism, prejudice, small-mindedness, traditional gender roles and expectations, social hierarchy and the coexistence of good and evil. First-person narration is a technique that effectively enhances how the reader, through Scout’s eyes, learns about those realities. “‘Your father does not know how to teach. You can have a seat now.’ I mumbled that I was sorry and retired mediating upon my crime.” (p.17) is the first example of Scout encountering small-mindedness in the novel.
“If you just learn a single 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… Until you climb inside of his skin and around in it.” This is a quote by Atticus Finch from the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”. This quote shows real wisdom in Atticus and how he spreads that knowledge to his family. Atticus has many moments throughout the book that he expresses wise thoughts just like this. He shares them with his children and others around him at the exact right moment.
To Kill a Mockingbird stresses the consequences of prejudice and by exploring the repeated use of metaphors, the reader can understand how innocence is stolen by prejudice. To Kill a Mockingbird is set in Maycomb County in Alabama around 1935, where the narrator, Scout, is an 8-year old girl. Throughout the book, Atticus (Scout’s father) uses metaphors to teach Scout about the evils of prejudice, trying to preserve her open-minded views. In addition, many of the characters demonstrate the extent of their prejudice, as well as the resulting loss of innocence, influencing themselves and others. One of the first metaphors displayed in To Kill a Mockingbird is Atticus’s warning about judging others.
All throughout their journey, Jem and Scout are unknowingly encountering symbols throughout the year and a half the story takes place. Harper Lee uses the literary device of symbolism in a multitude of situations to entice readers to not evaluate these instances at face value but to analyze every case critically in her novel To Kill a Mockingbird so that they can see the complete picture.
Atticus’s Quote Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird is changed the most not by one of the themes of the novel, but by a quote from Atticus. The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, revolves around the quote Atticus says about how you really don’t understand a person until you see it from their perspective.This is important to the novel because this quote helps Scout develop and grow into a better character. Throughout the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout develops and grows into a better character because of Atticus’s quote, “‘First of all,” he said, “if you can learn a simple trick Scout, you’ll gt along a lot better with all kinds of folks. 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 39). Scout first learns the meaning of Atticus’s quote because of the Cunningham family.
To Kill a Mockingbird: In To Kill a Mockingbird there are plenty of lessons that you learn reading the book. The one I am going to talk to about is always being nice by seeing things from other’s point of view. There is a quote from the book “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”. This quote is saying be nice to everyone, because you don’t know what they’re going through. The quote was from Atticus.
The Other varies from a person to another and from a generation to another, The first thing we have to do is to identify the Other by exploring it in Lee's novel, Claudia Durst Johnson states in her book In To Kill a Mockingbird: Threatening Boundaries that the work "invites the conclusion that we reach some sense of self-identity by our encounters with other forces, that is, with forces alien to our commonplace lives. As a result of these encounters, we break the cultural and psychological barriers that imprison us and come to embrace a larger world" (p.72). Meaning that the process of Othering is purely subjective to the white folk, ‘the Other’ is black; to the black people, ‘the Other’ is the whites and so on the circle is endless. In To Kill a Mockingbird the children began a journey of self discovery and to do so they must understand the word surrounding them in this case Maycomb community but this book can be portrayed not only as exceptional story but an incarnation of Michel Foucault's Panopticon; the supposedly demonstration of power in society present as Foucault states “we live in a society where panopticism reigns” (215) applying it on Maycomb County will challenges the idea that the Panopticon is a flawless creation of repression from which no one can flee, at least not without consequences
In real-life, Scout and Jem are revealed to court cases, racism, murder, and etc. and they use different lessons from the past to get over these events. Hardships are often throughout To Kill A Mockingbird and bring aha moments to Scout and Jem. Evidence from the book shows how a real-life situation is more valuable in lessons to Scout and Jem “After all if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I” (Lee 271). This quote shows though Scout and Aunt Alexandra heard about Tom being shot to death, Scout realizes how to turn this situation to help herself mature and looking on the bright side taking after Aunt Alexandra.