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The novel To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee explores this idea of judging others before looking at the world from their perspective. Scout and Jem, although raised in a prejudice town, learn from their father Atticus that who a person is racially, does not define them as a person. Although the children make up stories about Arthur “Boo” Radley to pass the time in part one of the novel, in part two the Tom Robinson situation widens their eyes to the biased ways of their town. In the end, Jem and Scout are rescued by Boo Radley, the very person they feared during their childhood. Mockingbirds are used as a symbol in the novel to portray the fact that innocent and caring people are sometimes the most abused.
They'd think I was puttin' on airs to beat Moses” (139). Specifically, Harper Lee stated, she “scratched her head,” referring to Calpurnia, Calpurnia didn’t know how to clearly explain why she utilized two dialects.
They 'd think I was puttin ' on airs to beat Moses” (139). Specifically, Harper Lee stated, she “scratched her head,” referring to Calpurnia, Calpurnia didn’t know how to clearly explain why she utilized two dialects. When Calpurnia said, “white folks’ talk at church, and with my neighbors she wanted to express that both the Caucasians and the African-American had their unique identities. In relation to this, when Calpurnia exclaimed “I puttin’ on airs to beat Moses,” the author described how if Calpurnia conversed with her congregation members in normal English, the church members would assume that Calpurnia is better than them, so she wanted to resemble the African-American community in the town of Maycomb. Thus, she would preserve adequate relations with members of her race.
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. Scout is very passionate about who she is, and what she believes in.
First, the children begin to learn the lesson of tolerance, or not being prejudiced, from Calpurnia when they are taken to church. Calpurnia is shouted at by Lula, a woman who is prejudiced against whites, for bringing two white kids, Jem and Scout, to church. Calpurnia teaches them the lesson of tolerance through this example by pointing out what Lula did incorrectly. Next, Calpurnia tells Jem and Scout that “There’s some folks who don’t eat like us” (32). This quote is referencing the way Walter poured syrup all over his meal.
Children go to school to gain knowledge, but life can give children the most important education. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, Jem, and Scout are two growing children navigating life in the 1930’s in racist Alabama. They see racism throughout their town and have to navigate how they want to live their lives or follow their town. In their own school, they see racist people, and they often question what they hear, see, and learn. Scout and Jem both learn most of their knowledge from, their father Atticus, their maid Calpurnia, and their neighbors.
Harper Lee portrays childhood as curious and innocent, but also the “more real” aspects of growing up; the fear, the stupidity, and the flaws.The meaning of To Kill A Mockingbird is, childhood plays an extremely large role in a person’s life, and it shapes one’s views, and goals in their future. Times that Lee represents the importance of childhood are when; Scout is curious about Boo (Arthur) Radley, when Scout and Jem sneak into the courtroom, and when Scout walks Boo Radley home. Throughout the entire book, Scout is curious about Boo Radley; how he looks, how he acts, and why he has been hiding in his home for so many years. Scout is led to believe that Boo is some sort of monster, and she would run passed his house every day. “As the year passed, released from school thirty minutes before Jem, who had to stay until three o’clock, I ran by the Radley Place as fast as I could, not stopping until I reached the safety of our front porch.” (page 33) Scout was afraid of Boo, because she grew up hearing all of the terrible rumors about him.
Harper Lee’s novel, ‘To Kill a Mockingbird,’ is based in the 1930s, and is focused on a young girl: Jean-Louise Finch. Nicknamed Scout, the main character leads the story in a flashback. Scout grows up in a town named after her family as she guides readers through a complex plot filled with hope, lies, family, racism, and love. Lee starts off writing as Scout trying to navigate her way through 2nd grade. It starts off amiable, as the author introduces the characters, properly depicting different voices and personalities.
“Growing up is losing some illusions, in order to acquire others.” ― Virginia Woolf. In the sleepy, southern town of Maycomb this statement seems overwhelmingly true; losing your childish belief in fairness for the delusion that justice is unachievable seems like a necessary part of maturation. However, Jem Finch is an exception. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee we follow him and his sister during the time surrounding the trial of Tom Robinson, a black man falsely accused of raping a white woman. During the trial the children witness the unjust consequences of racist biases, resulting in the man’s death.