This quote is harsh, but the truth hurts. He continues on with how the Ewells live, and Scout quickly learns why education is important. Her desire to not return to school is quickly replaced with the desire to not be like the Ewells. Scout has the revelation as to why everyone can’t do as the please; Atticus successfully explains to his daughter the importance of obeying the ways of the
Atticus realizes Bob Ewell's determination to retaliate on him for defending an African American during the trial. However, Atticus still sincerely understands Bob Ewell's perspective and attempts to find goodness in it. After Jem asks for Atticus's reasoning regarding his forgiveness of Bob, Atticus points out: "Jem, if you can stand in Bob Ewell's shoes a minute. I destroyed his last bit of credibility at that trial, if he had any to begin with. The man had to have some kind of comeback, his kind always does..."(292)
As the hero of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch has an unorthodox outlook on racism. He says, “As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it— whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash.” (252). This outlook allows him to approach the obstacles that come with a trial of a black man vs a white woman. Harper Lee, the author of the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, worked on revisions for 2.5 years on the novel before it was published in 1960.
Scout has many mentors throughout the story, but Atticus is one of the most influential. Atticus teaches Scout life lessons that she uses to develop as a person. He enlightens Scout’s thinking by suggesting that “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you
For example, he teaches his children to believe what they want, and to not let other people influence their decisions or thoughts. Atticus says, “Don’t you worry about anything. It’s not time to worry” (Lee pg. 134).This stands out because Atticus has faith in his mind and his
He shows Jem and Scout not to judge people until they've walked in their shoes. Chapter 3 on page 85-87 Atticus says "First of all, 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.” Out of all the people in this book Atticus is the one who is most likely to not judge someone. He stands up for a black man knowing he will get judged and made fun of.
Despite this, Atticus has knowingly chosen this hopeless undertaking as an example to his children and the town. Over time, Scout’s mentality toward others changes from being strongly influenced by mass populous, which includes her aunt and peers, to reaching conclusions about morality on her own. This is based on Atticus’ strong assertions concerning the obvious innocence of Tom Robinson, choosing to defend him regardless of the bias of the town because he knows it is the “right thing to do,” as well as her own experiences where she drew the wrong conclusions about others based on town
In chapter 3, Atticus tries to make the point clear to Scout that she should not judge others based on their actions by saying, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb into his skin and walk around it” (Lee 85). This shows how human beings should not judge others until they have experienced and gone through the same thing as that
Scout knows Atticus is older than most of her peer’s parents, at first she is upset about it, eventually she learns that it’s not bad to have an older parent. Scout realizes this when Atticus shoots the dog, Tim Johnson, without glasses. Miss Maudie then asked Scout if she was still ashamed of her father and she replied with “no.” Scout also learns Boo Radley stays inside because he wants to, and stops bothering him until the end of the book where she learns he’s kind when he saves Scout and Jem’s lives. Finally, Scout realizes Calpurnia isn’t just a black woman, she’s a mother figure.
Harper Lee in, To Kill A Mockingbird shows many different types of parents. As a single father, character Atticus Finch stands out the most. He shows he is a good parent as he provides important life lessons to his children and others. He shows fairness to others and his kids especially. Lastly he shows that you should always stand up for others no matter what.
Though many people acted stuck up and snooty in To Kill a Mockingbird, the character of Atticus, Calpurnia and Miss Maddie showed great humility. To begin with, Atticus displayed humility in every aspect of his life. Harper Lee portrayed Atticus with great wisdom, strength and courage yet he modestly kept these things to himself so that his children sometimes saw him as weak or old. He did not like to show off and tried to teach his kids this lesson in their lives. In one part of the story, just before Mr. Tate told Jem and Scout how great their father was, Atticus says, “Hush Heck, let’s go back to town” (129).
To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee takes place in Alabama during the Depression, and is narrated by the main character, a little girl named Jean Louise "Scout" Finch. Her family consists her father, Atticus Finch who is a lawyer and has very high morals. The other member is Jem, her brother along with their cook and housekeeper Calpurnia, who is African-American and is like a part of their family. Other than these three, the recurring characters in the story include Dill , the infamous Boo Radley, Mayella Ewell, Tom Robinson , Mrs. Dubose and Alexandra, Atticus’s sister. The whole story takes place between a time frame of three years.
Personal values and morals are instilled into children by their parents . Jem and Scout Finch, characters from Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird, are open minded, educated, young children that have a father named Atticus Finch who tries to teach his children to have sound morals and personal values . The children have not been sheltered from life's hardships due to their father Atticus's views on parenting instead they have learned right from wrong. Atticus Finch believes that not sheltering his kids from the world allows them to form strong morals and values. Atticus Finch does what he believes will help make his children into strong citizens with outstanding values and morals.
When many children are young, they do things that aren’t right because they don’t know better. In To Kill a Mockingbird, a Southern Gothic novel by Harper Lee, a young, naive girl Scout Finch has many misconceptions about others. Because of her immature ways, she learns many lessons throughout the first five chapters that alter her perception of others. To begin, Scout receives a lesson from Calpurnia. When Walter Cunningham joins the Finch family for supper, Scout mocks him for pouring syrup all over his food; as a consequence, Calpurnia speaks to her privately and reminds her that she should not be “remark[ing] on [a guest’s] ways” as if she is superior (Lee, 33).