Who Is Jem Finch Telling In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-” “[Atticus]?” “-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”(lee 36). Harper Lee’s finest piece of literature, To Kill a Mockingbird, shares the story of young “Scout” Jean Louise Finch and her older adolescent brother, Jem Finch. Their father, Atticus, attempts to teach his children to treat everyone with compassion, forgiveness and acceptance, contrary to the other families of their home town, Maycomb County. To judge a person entirely off of his or her first impression is common with children, but the Finch’s later realize their significant mistake after getting to know them. A local man, Arthur “Boo” Radley is first of the various people the Finch children see as something their not. Using what they know, which is not much, seeing that Jem is ten and Scout is only six, the brother-sister duo make Boo, their reclusive neighbor, out to be a savage monster. “Inside lived a malevolent phantom” who is rumored to have stabbed “scissors into his [father’s] leg” (Lee 10 & 13). The thought of Boo is so frightening, they can only imagine him as something less than human. At such a young age, Jem and Scout cannot be expected to know how to identify truth from what they hear. So naturally, they both believe each word people claim. Farther…show more content…
Through the years, the children have gone on many adventures, but their biggest continues to be the night Scout at last, meets Boo. After Arthur rescues the children from the town drunk (, the antagonist,?) Scout sees Boo for the kind, human person he is. “Atticus was right one time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them, just standing on the Radley’s porch was enough” (Lee 374). Scout realizes how wrong they actually are about Boo. Boo is no monster or curiosity, but someone they can remember as a
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