To Kill A Mockingbird Tolerance Analysis

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Humans need to learn lessons as a way of improving themselves and growing as a person. Coaches teach their players learns to help them improve in the sport. For example, a lesson occurs when a coach tells his players to pass the ball in soccer. Lessons are also learned in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. One example is Judge Taylor learning the lesson of tolerance during the trial. However, many important lessons are learned by Jem and Scout. In the novel, Jem and Scout learn the lessons of tolerance, courage, and not killing a mockingbird. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Jem and Scout learn the lesson of tolerance from various other characters, including Calpurnia, Atticus, and Miss Gates. 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. At first, Scout gets angry at Calpurnia because of what Walter did. Calpurnia explains through this quote that not all people live the same way, but all of the people in the town deserve to be treated equally, including poorer families like the
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