The coexistence of good and evil is found deeply embedded in every great story. Complex themes are born from this relationship and many can be found scattered in Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird. The novel takes place in the 1930s and it revolves around the Finch siblings, Jem and Scout, as they grow up in the south and start to discover the truth about their society with their father, Atticus Finch, who is a talented lawyer, and the people of Maycomb County. During this era of hate, Atticus is charged with the task of defending Tom Robinson, a black man wrongly accused of rape. As Jem and Scout start to grow up and realize the racism of their community, people like Miss Maudie, Dill, and many others that reside in Maycomb County, encounters many events that start to shape the siblings for better or worse.
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird is the story of racism, growing up and having a greater understanding of life.Different events that occur in the novel help the young characters grow in maturity.They will realize the world is much crueler than they ever imagined.The naiveness of childhood is something great that is lost as you grow. Main Point #1: They young character, Scout and Jem Finch, knowledge of the brutality of the world expands when their lives are affected by racism in their hometown. The children never really noticed how much the negro community was outcasted by their society. They knew that the colored people were different but the were finally showed this when their father took a case, between young white women and a black man. Jem knowledge in racism is wider than that of Scouts.Scouts mind is still quite innocent understand the event occurring in the town while Jem mind is trying to comprehend why his emotions Quote: "Uncle Jack Finch says we really don 't know.
1. Though there is an incredible amount of important characters in the novel, to me, the most significant character in Part 1 of To Kill a Mockingbird is Atticus Finch. His actions and treatment towards everyone and everything caused me think the most in comparison to the other characters. For instance, Atticus makes an important decision to defend Tom Robinson, a black man, in trial during Chapter 9, thus leading to harassment towards his family not only from school, but even from their own neighbor and a relative. While his actions put him and his family in trouble, Atticus still stands firm in his beliefs.
When the trial came to a close, Scout soon becomes clear of the fact that people can be harsh to others just because the way they appear, dress, and act. The jury’s verdict opened her eyes to see the world for what it truly is; a cruel and gutless environment that people inhabit. The experience Scout witnessed enable her to grow up and understand how unjust it was to see fit that an innocent man is sentenced to jail by false accusations. Scout is able to learn from what she had seen, and this can mature her to be more noticing of other people’s discrimination of individuals. To Kill A Mockingbird leaves a big impact on the reader’s characterization of Scout’s maturity.
It’s human nature to want to protect ourselves from danger or getting in trouble. The same thing happens in To Kill a Mockingbird by the majority of the characters whenever something happens that incriminates them. A demonstration of self-preservation in the novel is when Atticus is cross-examining Mayella Ewell in court. During the cross-examination, Atticus says, “What did your father see in the window, the crime of the rape or the best defense to it? Why don’t you tell the truth, child, didn’t Bob Ewell beat you up?” (Lee 251).
“To Kill a Mockingbird “is a coming of age novel. Discuss this statement, with reference to at least two characters. In the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird” there is evidence of a coming of age story or lesson. Scout learns not to judge people and try and understand where they are coming from and to view a situation from their point of view. In the beginning of the book in chapter 3 Scout is shouted on her first day of school for knowing how to read, and for trying to help Miss Caroline by explaining who Walter Cunning is and that she has shamed him.
The Innocence of a Mockingbird When you are a child the people around you have a huge impact on the way you grow up and see the world as you get older. For example, in the story To Kill a Mockingbird, there is a young boy named Jem who is son to a lawyer named Atticus. Jem starts off very immature and ignorant because he doesn’t understand the seriousness of peoples actions; as time goes on and he learns more about the people of Maycomb, the small town they live in, this allows him to be more mature and be able to make the right decisions when it comes to the way he treats people and who he associates himself with. He will start to learn how to be a good young man and how to lead himself to respect. Harper Lee shows coming of age in the story
To Kill a Mockingbird is a story that takes place during the Great Depression in a small town located in southern Georgia in the 1930s. The book focuses on Jean Louise “Scout” and Jeremy Atticus “Jem” and their coming of age and the major events that made the two grow up. One of the events was the trial of the Mockingbird, Tom Robinson, in which their father, Atticus Finch, was defending Tom, a man of color. Mockingbirds are used throughout the book to represent people that were harmed by the society even though they were innocent. There is a common misinterpretation of the meaning behind the Mockingbird leading many to believe that Scout is the Mockingbird in the story.
“You never understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” This quote by Atticus Finch describes the nature of the book To Kill a Mockingbird. In the book the reader gets to see the true side of Maycomb by seeing everything through the eyes of the protagonist Scout Finch. To Kill a Mockingbird gives the reader a true look at the racism, sexism, and classism deeply rooted in Maycomb culture, by letting them see the reality of others’ lives. Racism is common practice in Maycomb. People fear being near or being associated with someone of a race other than white.
Finding out how cruel society is at a young age is a lot to take in but gives so much in return. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, two characters Jem and Scout learn many valuable lessons that do not necessarily come from school education. Throughout the book, valuable lessons Jem and Scout learn are more found in real-life rather than in a school atmosphere. The school life of Jem and Scout is not mentioned in the book that much, but from the scenes they are mentioned, seems to the reader that the school is protecting them and holds them back. In real-life, Scout and Jem are revealed to court cases, racism, murder, and etc.
Harper Lees, To Kill a Mockingbird, is a coming of age story where many life lessons are learned such as looking at things from other peoples perspective. In the beginning of the story, Scout is only able to see people from her point of view. Throughout the rest of the story, Atticus helps Scout grow from a young child to become more mature, from experience if not in age. When Scout has trouble with her new teacher Mrs. Caroline, Atticus suggests that she should look at things from other peoples perspective in order to better get along with them. Scout didn 't understand when Mrs. Caroline said, “Now you tell your father not to teach you anymore.
Depleting the Cowardly Lion “It is curious that physical courage should be so common in the world and moral courage so rare,” said Mark Twain. As young people, we believe that courage is only a physical notion, but as we grow older, we start to realize that sometimes you require the use of moral courage too. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird is a coming of age story about two young children, Jem and Scout Finch, growing up in Alabama in the 1930s and learning what real courage is through their father, Atticus, and the people of Maycomb. They learn to see the world from other points of view, which is also how they express empathy towards others, persevering and standing up for what you believe in, and putting yourself in danger to help others.
Both presenting themselves as an intelligent individual in the art of schooling, meanwhile they show naiveness of a child in observations of human behavior. Scout, in To Kill A Mockingbird, became well aware of cruel insults from her community about their dislike of her father’s actions. Her and her brother became accustomed and grudgingly tolerable to such insults and began to realize that the white folks could not accept the Negroes into everyday life. Maya, in I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, grew up in a black community, thus not being surrounded by racism all the time. On the other hand, her brother experienced how cold-blooded the white community is toward the black.