Not every kid acts the same. Most of them act a certain way because of what an adult has taught them or an important life lessons they learned from them. Life lessons can impact one's beliefs and behavior. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout, the 6 year old narrator’s beliefs and behavior was influenced by Atticus, Mrs. Dubose, and Miss Maudie by the lessons they taught her. Atticus taught her compassion and forgiveness, Mrs. Dubose showed what real courage is, and Miss Maudie taught Scout there is always light in darkness and explained why it was a sin to kill a mockingbird. Atticus taught Scout compassion and forgiveness. Scout came home one day very upset of the misfortunes that happened in school. She asked if she could leave …show more content…
Jem being Scout’s brother means any lessons that is being taught to Jem will get to Scout too. Jem broke Mrs. Dubose’s camellias Atticus punishes Jem by making him read to Mrs. Dubose everyday except Sunday. Jem asked why Atticus wanted him to read to Mrs. Dubose. Atticus responses back “I want you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyways and you see it through no matter what” (112). Atticus wanted Jem and Scout to learn that courage isn’t something physical but more of a mental thing. Mrs. Dubose their rude neighbor who had a morphine addiction. She knew it was gonna be hard to conquer this addiction but she tried anyways. Atticus shows his respect for Mrs. Dubose saying “You rarely win, but sometimes you do. Mrs. Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew” (112). Mrs. Dubose knew that getting rid of her morphine addiction would be a difficult task. Yet she still continued on with it. She set her mind on it and did it. Showing that she has courage to finish something that she set her mind
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You rarely win, but sometimes you do”(Lee 149). 4. Mrs. Dubose wanted to kick her addiction in her dying days and she accomplished that. She pushed through the agony of withdrawal and in her dying moments was free. Even Atticus, a person who is very courageous, says that Mrs. Dubose is the most courageous person he’d ever met.
Dubose shows courage by fighting her morphine addiction before her death. She knew that she did not have much longer to live and had beheld nothing but she still wanted to win one last battle. Mrs. Dubose had fits of rage about Atticus defending a black man, this causes Jem to rage and destroy her property. Atticus eventually found out and punished Jem and Scout by reading to her after school every day.
Jem does not want scout to embarrasss him while heis with his older friends because it was not cool to hang out with his little sister but near the end when someone was chasing after jem and scout he knows their lives are in danger so he yells to her,”run scoutrunrun”(261 lee) This shows tha jem is scared for his life, but would rather something happen to him, rather than to scout. Overall jem discovers his responsibility as an older brother is to look after scout and make sure she is
Scout expounds on page 115, “Jem was twelve. He was difficult to live with, inconsistent, moody. His appetite was appalling, and he told me so many times to stop pestering him.” Along with that, he likes to be by himself, and his newly developed characteristics have alienated him from his sister. Additionally, midway through the novel, Jem learns what courage is from an unlikely person; it was the person who was a childhood enemy, enraged Jem by insulting Atticus, and caused Jem to destroy her camellias, Mrs. Dubose.
Atticus’s plan for Ms. Dubose to kick her addiction to morphine included having Jem read to her every day so that each day she would wait a little longer and eventually stop completely. She wanted this so she could feel free when she passed. Through all of these traits,including intelligence, Atticus truly defines what an unlikely hero really
To repay her, Atticus makes Jem and Scout go read to her every day for a month. After the month is over, Mrs. Dubose dies. Atticus tells the children that she had a morphine addiction and wanted to quit before she died. “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you're licked before you being
so this is the reason why Jem reads to her. Mrs. Dubose wanted to die in peace and it was courageous for her to quit the morphine. This shows the children what real courage is. Atticus says to them, “I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a am with a gun in his hand. Its when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway
#1 Courage was also shown by Mrs. Dubose in To Kill A Mockingbird. She was a stubborn old lady who would say rude things every time Jem or Scout passed by her house. Morphine was her addiction, and since Jem ruined all of her camellia bushes after receiving many insults from her, his punishment was to read to her and have Scout join as well. Later we find out that Jem and Scout read to her for a certain amount of time, and during that time period she was without morphine. She wanted to wean off of morphine, as that seemed to be her dying wish.
Atticus has his children read to a bitter old lady named Mrs. Dubose. His reasoning being that “‘I wanted you to see something about her—I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand’” (Lee 149). With Atticus teaching his children about Mrs. Dubose, he hopes it can help them understand that other people go through incredibly tough times in their lives and that they should understand how they should treat and feel about them.
Throughout the novel, Jem and Scout learn valuable life lessons
Atticus is teaching Scout not to give up because she has had a bad experience and to be a law abiding citizen even if others do not follow the law. During school Ms. Caroline who is a school teacher tells Scout to stop reading. Ms. Caroline upsets Scout which is another reason Scout does not want to return to school. Atticus explains “ If you’ll concede the necessity of going to school, we’ll go on reading every night..” (Lee 41).
It is easy to lose courage when the end result is known, and not in your favor. However, having courage when one knows of the end result establishes pride in him or herself. In How to Kill a Mockingbird, Mrs. Dubose is an elderly neighbor that criticizes Jem, Scout, and their family. However, when Jem destroys her flowers in a fit of rage, he and Scout spend a lot of their time at Mrs. Dubose house as a punishment. Eventually, Mrs. Dubose has a drug free, yet painful, death.
Growing up for Scout means learning courage, racism and empathy. The first way Atticus teaches his kids courage was when he took the Tom Robinson case. Taking this case was a risky move for him, his family and his career. After he tells Scout that he is taking the case, she asks why. To this he responds, “For a number of reasons," said Atticus.
When Jem responds that he is, Atticus berates him and says he has to go over to her house and read to her for two hours everyday for a month. Atticus wants to make sure his kids have a consequence for when they do something unethical, so they will learn from it and not do it again. As Jem reads to Mrs. Dubose, he and Scout witness the old, dying woman’s battle against her morphine addiction and learn the true meaning of courage. “It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what”,