Scout describes Burris as, “The filthiest human I had ever seen” (Lee, 29) and describes him by saying, “His neck was dark gray, the backs of his hands were rusty, and his fingernails were black deep into the quick.” (Lee, 29). He is clearly not the most popular kid in class. He disgusts the teacher so much that sends him home stating, “Please bathe yourself before you come back tomorrow.” (Lee, 30). The dialogue between Burris and Miss Caroline causes Burris to get upset and tell Miss Caroline, “You ain’t sendin’ me home, missus. I was on the
Caroline slapped Scout on her hand by the ruler. Ms. Caroline is Scout’s first grade teacher, she came from the North Alabama, so she didn’t understand much about the culture and the history of each family in the Maycomb County. On another hands, Ms. Caroline has a high self-esteem and a stubborn woman because she got mad when a six years old kid like Scout got to tell her the situation that she was solving incorrectly. Scout is a resolute person that always try to telling people if they’re wrong without knowing who she is talking with. Jean Louise is still a youngster lady, so the way she freely talks could make Ms. Caroline felt like Scout was trying to taught or being more professional than Ms. Caroline.
I am reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee and I am on page 208. In this section, Jem is punished for demolishing Mrs. Dubose’s camellias, and his punishment is that he has to read to her everyday for a month. Scout accompanies him, and a pattern soon occurs where Mrs. Dubose critiques them for how Atticus is defending Tom Robinson, and then falls into an oblivious state. What the children do not know is that Mrs. Dubose is a morphine addict who is trying to break her habit. She passes away soon after Jem’s punishment ends.
Stereotyping is a general idea that someone uses to view someone before they actually get to know them. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout, Jem, and Dill stereotype people until Scout’s father tells her to stop stereotyping. Harper Lee suggests that in order to fully understand someone, you must learn to see the world from their point of view. Mrs. Dubose is an example of Harper Lee’s idea because at first she acts mean towards the Finch family which cause Jem to destroy her camellia flowers. When Mrs. Dubose dies, Atticus tells the kids that the reason she was so mean was because she had a morphine addiction.
Walter Cunningham, Jr. is judged deeply by Scout throughout the novel due to unwealthy roots. The toll that the Great Depression took on the Cunningham’s made it so that Walter, Jr. is at school, he cannot afford a lunch. Scout, trying to help out a friend, speaks up for Walter about him “[forgetting] his lunch” when “he didn’t have any” (Lee 26). Trying to help out a peer ended up backfiring. Ms. Caroline, Scouts teacher, is angered by her speaking out again and hits her several times.
Liesel confessed to Hans that she hated Hitler, leading to a harsh slap in her face, literally and metaphorically, from Hans. This scene was heartbreaking for both Liesel and her father, as shown by the quote “Liesel stood up and also raised her arm. With absolute misery, she repeated it. ‘Heil Hitler.’ It was quite a sight - and eleven-year-old girl, trying not to cry on the church steps, saluting the Führer as the voices over Papa’s shoulder chopped and beat at the dark shape in the background” (Zusak 116, 117). Hans took it upon himself to explain to Liesel that she had to agree with and even glorify Hitler.
Dubose, the cranky and socially impaired lady next door to the Finches, for being rude to his family in revenge. “He did not begin to calm down until he had cut the tops off every camellia bush Mrs. Dubose owned until the ground was littered with green buds and leaves.”(137). Jem is the one suffering when Atticus finds out and forces him to make up for it by reading to Mrs. Dubose every afternoon after school and Saturdays for two hours. In this passage, Lee uses symbolism to show how Mrs. Dubose’s flowers (camellias) represent racism, and that you can't get rid of it that easily. Even though Jem cuts the top off of all her camellias, the issue is not yet resolved because the flowers are rooted deeper than that.
Characterization of Scout in To Kill a Mockingbird In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses Jean Louise (Scout) Finch as the narrator. Scout is now an adult and reflects on three very crucial summers during her childhood days. When Scout is first described in the novel, she is prone to violence, labels people based on class, denigrates people, uses racist language, and is prejudice (Seidel 1). All of these things show that she is childish at the beginning of the novel. A mature character would not pick a fight or label people based on their money; however, by the end of the novel, Scout sees that these things are wrong.
It soon digs deeper into gender roles and education when Scout goes to school for the first time. It tells of how Scout was sometimes ostracized by her brother and Dill for being more feminine since her personality is described as more masculine at the beginning. Moreover, she gets into school fights when someone from her class calls her father “a negro-lover”. Her teacher criticizes her for being able to read and write. The children soon find out exactly why people around them are talking about their father behind his back (even his own family).
Pecola was emotionally abused by her classmates who usually called her ugly because she was black. She experienced a lot of things when she was in that age, and everything piled up which resulted to her mental abused self. Pauline breedlove, Pecola’s mother, did not care about her and neglected her the whole time. She was never there for her and was a very distant mother. When pecola told Pauline about Cholly raping her, she did not believe her but rather, she hurt Pecola for thinking that she was lying.