Normal School Education In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird

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The real world can be a pain, but it can also be one of our most important learning resources by teaching us beneficial lessons that a normal school education does not. Jem and Scout slowly recognize this as they grow up on the racist streets of Alabama in Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird. Atticus, Jem and Scout’s father, is a white lawyer defending a black man during the great depression of the 1930s. As Jem and Scout witness the trial of Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape, and the everyday events of Maycomb they start to understand a little bit more about ‘Maycomb 's usual disease’. Real life events, and activities provide Jem and Scout with the valuable lessons they would never have the chance to learn in school. The real world is full of ups and downs as well as ugly people, and schools only touch on the positive side of a matter rather than the truth. After the court case is done, Scout is being eaten up by the fact that people say certain concepts and act a different way as in this quote said by Scout, “How can you hate Hitler so bad an’ then turn around and be ugly about folks right at home”(Lee 331). It is in the real world when Scout is caught up in the hypocrisy. Scout never learned in school how messed up people can be in the real world, and it is in big events and activities such as the court case where she learned this helpful lesson. Another example would be when Scout is in the missionary circle, and the women are chattering about giving financial

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