The Influence Of Perspective In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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Tenea Hansen
Perspective can impact many factors in a person’s life; whether they are happy or not, how they act, and who they might spend time with. How one thinks about their circumstances and other people can also greatly influence individual’s personal beliefs. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee conveys this idea numerous times through the characters. Three of the protagonists that exemplify this are Dill, Scout and Atticus.

Dill is an excellent example of the idea that an individual’ personal beliefs are affected by his’ or her’s perspective. Scout has to escort Dill out of the courthouse because he feels sick. Outside Dill expresses to her his view on how Mr. Gilmer treated Tom Robinson while questioning him, “...It ain’t right, somehow it ain’t right to do ‘em that way. Hasn’t anybody got any business talkin’ like that-it just makes me sick.” (Lee, page 199). Dill’s perspective was that Mr. Gilmer should not have treated Tom Robinson so obscenely. That instance, his perspective affected his personal beliefs because he began to value equity and believe that everyone deserves courtesy and respect regardless of who they are. Scout also comes to a similar conclusion about how people should be treated and how one …show more content…

In his closing speech to the jury Atticus expressed his perspective on Tom Robinson’s case and the prejudice against all black people. He explains to the jury “... some Negroes lie, some Negroes are immoral, some Negro men are not to be trusted around women—black or white. But this is a truth that applies to the human race and to no particular race of men…” (Lee, page 204). He believes all people make mistakes, everyone is human, and that no race is superior than another because of skin colour. Atticus’ perspective goes hand-in-hand with his personal beliefs of equality. All of the personal beliefs of the characters were affected by their

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