Learning from Experience in To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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Learning from Experience in To Kill a Mockingbird In the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird", Jem and Scout Finch develop their moral conscience and awareness of the reality of the situations they are facing. Atticus's teaching method of "personal experience" instead of being told how to do something is important as they learn various lessons in this process. Jem and Scout learn many lessons in the story but they are mainly based on the concept of prejudice, courage, and misunderstanding. There are many cases of courage shown in the novel. But, the most significant one is the episode on Mrs. Dubose. Mrs. Dubose shows courage as she fights her morphene addiction. Jem's punishment of reading to Mrs Dubose, ("the meanest old woman…show more content…
You rarely win, but sometimes you do [Mrs Dubose] was the bravest person I ever knew" quotes Atticus. Jem and Scout also learn about the concept of prejudice in the novel. This is mainly to do with the racial prejudice that predominates in the book. There are many instances of this prejudice in the novel including: . The Missionary tea ladies' comments about Blacks. . . Mrs Dubose 's racist comments But most importantly, this theme is shown in the case of Tom Robinson, where Tom is accused of raping Mayella Ewell, when it is obvious he did not because of his broken arm. But to the "white" judge, Tom is regarded as guilty no matter what his defence is. But in most white people's eyes they regard black people as bad and wicked people. "That all blacks lie that all blacks are basically immoral beings" -Atticus Also, in the scene in which Scout is listening to Reverend Sykes and Atticus's conversation on "Maycomb's usual disease" we find out that Atticus is teaching Scout indirectly as "he wanted me [Scout] to hear every word he said" and this is important for Scout's learning process. Misunderstanding is also a major theme that the children learn during the course of the novel. We see examples of this with Boo Radley, and also Tom Robinson, who are the "mockingbirds" of TKAM. Jem starts to understand this concept early in the book when he realises that Boo is actually giving

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