We live in a society today where judging others is a regular, everyday activity. Many people may blame a significant amount of this issue on the excessive amount of technology we have access too, but this problem has been around for much longer. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, it shows the ugliness that can come from judging others, but it also teaches two young children, Scout and Jem, to listen to others, so that you can have the opportunity to learn from them. Throughout the story many characters were able to demonstrate this lesson for the kids, but three that were true examples of it were Tom Robinson, Atticus Finch and Boo Radley. With only aiming to stand up for what they believe in and not worrying what everyone
Throughout the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird,” written by Harper Lee, the readers can see how Scout changes her view about Boo Radley. Because of their nosiness, Jem, Scout, and Dill try to drag Boo out his house and to the outside world. Their innocent actions combined with Boo’s actions changed the image of Boo, in their minds, from “a malevolent phantom” (10), a person who kills cats and eats squirrels to a neighbor they can trust, who saves them from Bob Ewell. Scout says at the end, “Boo was our neighbor” (373). The readers can see a great change in their relationship. At the beginning, the children cannot even go near Boo’s place without palpitation, but at the end, Scout is comfortable enough to walk Boo up to his front porch. Throughout the novel, Scout has changed her view of Boo after a chain of Boo’s actions toward her. As Scout grows older, she becomes wiser to understand her father’s lesson, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in it ” (39). Her father says this at the beginning, but till the end, thanks to the maturity combined with Boo’s actions that help Scout to understand it. She has matured enough to realize that people should not judge other people by rumor, but give them some chances to prove themselves.
Scout changed a lot over the course of this story. She was exposed to many events that led to her gradually changing her way of life. She doesn’t change as much as Jem does or as fast as him, but she still changes. She learns to mature, understand things better, and treat people with respect.
Since Mr. Radley never came out of the house, frightening rumors spread about him and the children all knew them. They even played games where they reenacted the story that was spread around about him, not realizing how disgraceful it was to the Radleys. Towards the end the book, Scout finally get to meet Boo Radley after Bob Ewell attempted to kill her and Jem. Scout took Mr. Radley home and on the way back she thought, “Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Justine standing on the Radley porch was enough.” (Lee 279). Scout now sees the world the world through Boo Radley’s shoes, even though she might be taking it too literally, and find compassion for things that Boo Radley did long
In ‘To Kill a Mockingbird” by Harper Lee, Scout develops a strange relationship with a mysterious character, Boo Radley. Scout, Jem, and Dill are interested in Boo Radley because of the mystery that dominates around him and the Radley house. The town people poorly judge Boo Radley and hearing stories from Miss Stephanie Crawford frightens Scout and Jem. Although the relationship starts out as fear and mystery, as time passes, Scout begins to realize that Boo isn’t the monster they described him as, he is rather a nice and caring person.
1. Scout’s comments and reactions contributed to the pressure Jem felt to accept Dill’s dare. At one point, Scout says, “Always runnin’,”(Lee 17). This insinuates that Jem is alarmed by even the idea of going past the house, so he will surely never have the gall to run up and touch the house. It also states that Scout “sneered at him”(Lee 18). This conveys the idea that Scout is try to egg Jem on with her actions and pressure him into doing something much out of Jem’s comfort zone.
Miss Maudie Atkinson, the Finch's neighbor, disagreed with the common beliefs of the citizens of Maycomb. She quickly became angered when other citizens discussed their prejudiced beliefs. When other women were talking negatively about African Americans, "Two tight lines had appeared at the corners of [Miss Maudie's] mouth" (Lee 312).
My second evidence from the book Lee page, 16 “ Ain’t you ever waked up at night and heard him… gone by the time Atticus got there” From this short paragraph you can tell that the kids know to lock up the house well at night; just in case Boo decides to take a walk around town. Jem also claims that his tracks where in his backyard and Boo was scratching on his back screen door. You can also see from this that Jem got frighten, because he got Atticus but by that time Boo was gone. My Final reason why Scout and Jem are to scared is Lee page, 31 “Reckon I have…Walter and I walked beside him” You can tell that Jem has heard this story before, but did not know anyone that it actually happened to until Walter told him. It also states in the book “Jem seemed to have a little fear of Boo Radley now that Walter and I walked beside him.” Another main point I believe the kids will not meet Boo, is I have that Boo is locked up evidence from the book. To begin with Lee page, 10 “ People said he excited, but Jem and I had never seen him” From this sentence you can tell that Boo Radley has been around before and he has been around before Scout and Jem were even
In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, innocence is represented in various ways. The society that the characters live in affects their behavior and are ultimately a product of their environment. There are four mockingbirds, they are Mayella Ewell, Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, and Jem Finch.
Have you ever continued forward on something even when you know that the odds are against you? In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch, the attorney is given the case to defend Tom Robinson. Maycomb County took place in 1930’s-1940’s when Jim Crow laws were in place. Mayella a Caucasian woman accused Tom an African American of raping her. Many people in Maycomb is prejudice toward African Americans but, Atticus still chooses to defend Tom. Even though the odds are not in Atticus’s favor, he still defends Tom because it is the right the to do even when many white people in Maycomb are against blacks. Atticus has integrity and believes in the Golden Rule that’s why it makes sense for Atticus to defend Tom Robinson.
“You never understand a person until you consider things from their point of view, until you climb into his skin and walk around in it,” is a quote from the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This book is about a family of three, living in a household with the addition of their aunt. This includes Scout (daughter), Jem (son), Atticus (father), and Aunt Alexandrea (aunt). The kids do not call their father by that title, but by his name Atticus. The second part of the book is about a black man on trial who was accused of raping a woman. Atticus was his attorney and he tried everything he could to make sure the jury saw that he did not rape her, but sadly, it was not a success and he was sent to jail. They live in a small town in Macomb, Alabama.
Harper Lee wrote her famous book, To Kill A Mockingbird, at the beginning of the Civil Rights movement. The book takes place in Maycomb, Alabama during the great depression. She uses the Mockingbirds as a symbol of innocence. In the novel, Harper Lee uses Tom Robinson, Boo Radley, and Atticus Finch as mockingbirds.
Many things lead to a loss of innocence, but they all have something in common. It is the fact that something bad could or has happened. Prejudice is an example of this. Judging people, and even killing them, based on appearances is unimaginable to children. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch, defends an innocent black man named Tom Robinson. Mayella Ewell accused Tom of raping and beating her. There is significant evidence proving his innocence. But, the jury convicts him as guilty. This trial troubles the main character, Scout, her brother Jem, and their friend Dill. This is because they know that the jury put Tom in jail for all the wrong reasons. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee shows that exposure to prejudice can lead to a loss of innocence by writing the novel in Scout’s point of view.
The narrator is Scout Finch. She's a 7-year-old girl, and the daughter of Atticus Finch. Atticus Finch is a well known respected lawyer. Scout tells us her story about growing up in a small town in Alabama in the 1930’s. She is a quite complex character who has negative and positive traits. While she can also be really cruel, rude, and a very compassionate little girl.