This incident shows the reader that she wants to be taken seriously by her colleagues. It also displays that Hilly deeply treasures her reputation because of her reaction towards the situation. On the other hand, Aunt Alexandra has also shown the reader signs that she values her family’s reputation. In chapter 23 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Aunt Alexandra did not allow Scout to play with Walter Cunningham because of his poor background. She said, “Because-he-is-trash, that’s why you can’t play with him.
This makes him depressed, and therefore drinks to make himself feel better. This condition also makes him an incompetent, but when he is asked to sober up by an angry Katniss, he makes a deal with them, saying: “All right, I’ll make a deal with you. You don’t interfere with my drinking, and I’ll stay sober enough to help you.” (Collins, 2008, p.70) Katniss and Haymitch are not very good friends and they despise each other. He irritates Katniss by calling her “sweetheart”, and this anger Katniss. Although they don’t get along, he helps her, by communicating with her through the gifts he sends to her in the arena, and Katniss realizes that she and Haymitch are very much alike as they both understands each other.
When Walter Cunningham starts Scout “off on the wrong foot”, she acknowledges it in a way in which she believes is correct. In response to Walter Cunningham, Scout states “Catching Walter Cunningham in the schoolyard gave me some pleasure, but when I was rubbing his nose in the dirt Jem came by and told me to stop.” (Lee 22). Shown through this quote, Scout’s used her morals by rubbing Walter’s nose in the dirt as a way to handle her problems. Jem quickly disapproves of this act and later on, so does her father, Atticus. Furthermore, proving that Judge Paul Heath Till's explanation of Southern civility is reflected in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by rude, thoughtless and selfish conduct in
In this book, Gerald gets abused by his drunk father. He wants to get rid of him, but Monique, the mother is very loyal to Jordan and defends him. This makes Gerald’s life miserable, and the only thing that brings a smile to his face is his step-sister, Angel, whom he possessively cares for. Therefore, referring to some parts, and experience as a person, I can state that loyalty doesn’t always go both ways. Many people do not care if loyalty doesn’t return to them.
After news of Atticus defending a colored man named Tom Robinson spreads around town, people think less of Atticus. Scout’s schoolmates start teasing and insulting Atticus which leads to a fight, but Atticus tells Scout that “ no matter how bitter things get, they’re still our friends and this is still our home” (Lee 79). Atticus fully understands the situation and empathizes with Scout that he understands and why she would act in such way. Atticus also knows that in the long run, it is better to prevent Scout from fighting, so he sacrifices a part of his own dignity and reputation for her assurance that all is good, even though other people may judge. The sense of caring heart and understanding for Scout that Atticus influences upon his children are in some ways a form of empathy because it is a way for Atticus to understand their situation and their hardships.
She did not have much hope left anyways for her life because she annoyed the misfit with her ugly and selfish ways. In another quote the grandmother implies that the misfit is a good man by stating, "Yes it's a beautiful day," said the grandmother. "Listen, " she said, "You shouldn't call yourself the misfit because I know you're a good man at heart. I can just look at you and tell" (421). The grandmother doesn't know the misfit from Adam, yet she already gave him a persona that he has to match.
Since Atticus was teaching not only his children, but also his enemies empathy, people started to change for the better. After the trial, people started to see what Bob Ewell was truly capable of, and he lost the little bit of respect the town had for him. People started to empathize for Tom Robinson, realizing that he was actually innocent and that he didn’t deserve the punishment he received. For example, Tom Robinson pitied Mayella and it added to the reason of why he was convicted. Being a black man, it was wrong for him to pity someone “above” him, even if she was a squalid, poor white girl.
The people of Maycomb have no sympathy for Mayella or what is happening in her broken down home until they realize a colored man is involved. Tom Robinson is innocent of this crime but citizens of Alabama would never want to admit two white people are lying and a colored man is telling the truth. “Yes, suh. I felt sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of ‘em--” (Lee 264). Tom Robinson only wanted to help Mayella with her chores out of pure kindness when Mayella kissed him.
Mrs. Hopewell refuse to call her daughter Joy because she like what it represents to her. Granny saw the misfit after an accident and the misfit didn’t have any sympathy when recognized him, even though he said he would have let granny family go even she didn’t notice him. Documents say the misfit killed his father, but he had “known that for a lie”. It seemed like the misfit wasn’t talking about just being in jail when he said, “turn to the right it was a wall”, but he was using a metaphor to explain how he didn’t receive the help when he asked for help as a kid and didn’t receive it since people saw him as a killer. He doesn’t ask help from anyone because, “He is doing fine by himself”.
Despite Scout’s tender age she understands that everyone deserves fair treatments no matter where they come from. It’s the same reason that forces Aunt Alexandra to reprimand her warning her that no Finch girl should interact and even consort with the Cunningham when she innocently wants to spend more time with Walter Cunningham. This social set up frustrates her efforts to make friends of her own and also choosing who spend time
The porch also gives a clear vision of the how segregation in this town of Eatonville. Men sat around on the porch and played games but women were not allowed to participate in these activities because it lacked “class.” However, clearly not all men are alike so when Tea Cake came along, Janie felt the freedom she never experienced in her past relationships. Even before meeting Tea Cake, the death of Joe exonerated Janie from the shackles that were placed on her individuality and "[she] did what she had never done before, that is, thrust herself into the conversation." (Page
Also, Scout demonstrates compassion for Boo Radley who is an outcast of society because of rumors spread about him. Atticus expresses compassion in To Kill a Mockingbird by acknowledging that Mrs. Dubose cannot control her actions even though she is very mean to his children. After Atticus finds out what Jem has done to her camellias, he shows compassion towards Mrs Dubose by talking to Jem about how what he did “to an old lady was inexcusable” (128). Mrs. Dubose struggled to control her morphine addiction before she passed away, causing her to act mean and aggressive towards Atticus and his children. Atticus wants his children to understand that some people cannot control their actions even though the reason is not apanent.
An example of courage would be when Scout rolled thru a tire to the Radley 's place. As realized she was in the Radley yard ,Jem was screaming at her to get out of there. As she said in the novel she heard someone inside the Radley house laughing. Jem accused her of turning into a girl because she forgot the tire. Scout didn 't tell Jem nor Dill the laughing sound created in the Radley 's Place And as the readers know that was the reason why Scout decide not to play the Boo Radley