As the main character, Scout, gets older she starts to lose her innocence and gain empathy, but she doesn’t quite get the concept. So her father helps her out by telling her, “‘You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-’” (Lee 39). In this quote Atticus is explaining to Scout how empathy works and how it is an important life skill to have. This helps Scout grow out of her innocence. Connecting to the theme, Atticus is trying to improve Scout’s quality of life by helping her understand empathy.
Empathy, a value Atticus’s teachings are fundamentally based is the one value that seems to trouble Scout at the beginning of the book along with racism. (Lee pg:148) Fighting shows how immature and small minded a person is, Atticus is greatly against physical confrontation we know that because he even went ahead and said, “ I try my best to love everybody,” a value that he tries to pass down to his kids. (Lee pg:179) But Scout doesn’t seem to recognize that fighting isn’t the smart choice because she gets into fights quite frequently, sometimes without understanding what they were saying or fully knowing the phrases and what they meant, Scout troubled asked, “Atticus, what exactly is a nigger-lover?”(Lee pg:178). A topic she got into fights multiple times. She jumped on her younger cousin, Francis because he called her a nigger-lover.
Scout is an exceptional smart girl who gets into many fights when she is younger for not the best reasons. Scout follows Jem around throughout the whole story, but when they get older, so do their bonds as friends. Scout gets through the tough times with the help of her dad Atticus, Atticus gives Scout advice that helps her get through life better by understanding their feelings, or emotions (Harper Lee, To Kill a Mockingbird). Scout also does not act right, according to Maycomb she is supposed to wear dresses, hang around at the house, not fight or play with boys, which affects her childhood in a number of bad ways. Throughout the book Scout goes from a little girl to a young woman with help from different life experiences.
As an outsider, it is easy to see what is wrong with certain characters but a different view is shown from Scout-- a young girl who is exposed to these problems at a young age. She shows how innocence and naïvety plays a role in learning what is right and wrong; also how much an influence adults have on their children. Scout is exposed to the racism and sexism shown during this time period and accepts that way of life until Atticus tells her differently. She then makes her own life decisions and chooses what is right. To Kill a Mockingbird shows how characters grow and learn differently throughout a course of time and how you must take your own perspective on
The school has a specific structure and isn’t open to new ideas. With this school structure and way of teaching, it drains the students of their creativity because of their teachers. Mrs. Caroline is Scout’s first grade teacher who attempts to implement new teaching methods ( ). Mrs. Caroline would constantly get cross with Scout because she found out that Scout was literate and that she could write as well ( ). Mrs. Caroline doesn't appreciate when the students think on their own and find different methods of doing things ( ).
The very methods that parents used for years have suddenly been shot down, and Khazan and Kazdin work to introduce a brand-new parenting strategy. This writing strategy could affect readers in a few different ways. It’s common that people don’t enjoy being told what they’re doing is wrong, and they will likely stop reading the text. On the other hand, some people more willingly accept that better methods may exist, and they will continue to read to find out what they can do better. Kazdin goes on to challenge parenting methods by saying, “Parents are very frustrated because they think they don’t have any tools that are effective…” (Khazan).
In this book, she has no fear of taking a chance. In Go Set a Watchman the main theme of everyone's anger was Atticus' devolution to a less refined idea. Harper Lee's decision to show the characters through realistically developed eyes was difficult for many readers to understand. People were shocked by the bold adult point of view of Go Set a Watchman. Personally, I believe that the author made a brave decision that added a level of complexity to the story.
All children have a moment where they start to mature and come of age. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus tries to teach his daughter Scout to act more sophisticated and ladylike. When Scout was younger she would ignore Atticus’s request, but now that she has matured you can see her wanting to adjust her personality. Harper Lee uses the characterization of Scout to show the motif that she is coming of age, in the novel she has progressively become more empathetic, she doesn’t act on her impulses, and Scout is finally learning and gaining perspective of how people in Maycomb act toward each other. Even though Scout seems to be unfamiliar with how to act around other people when they are going through certain hardships, she began studying Atticus in an attempt to learn how to convey empathy.
Recognizing different perspectives is a hard thing to do, especially if you’re a kid now knowing the complications of the world. Being a kid is not knowing the “real” world like racism, authority violence, etc. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee and Cather in the Rye by J.D Salinger describes the adulthood, innocence, and perspective of others. In the settings of the books the characters aren’t questioned for roaming off without an adult. The characters portray the lives of others realizing the positions they are faced with.
Pupate in the daily routine that leaves no room to think more deeply about themselves and about life, to be curious and creative, is a big mistake. Monotony destroys family relationships, reduces the joy of life and dulls the mind. So, look and try something new - if not daily, then at least every week ... Do not attach too much importance to the world. If too much importance is given to the opinion and actions of others, it can make us quite frustrated. It's okay to appreciate others and to treat them kindly, but first of all, we have to be his and have of what we feel that we are really looking forward and fills.