Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird is about two children, Jem and Scout, and their relationships with their father, Atticus. The children raise themselves growing up, many people would say they were irresponsible, but they are both appear to be intelligent individuals. The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird the novel demonstrates a rigid class structure and social stratification in the County of Maycomb. People should not be judged by their social class, they should be judged on their personality.
Scout depicts the theme of human dignity by following Atticus' words of wisdom and putting them to use in her everyday life. She demonstrates the immense understanding that humans are to be treated
In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, readers are able to see the ways in which Scout, Jem, and Dill learn valuable life lessons as they progress throughout the story. The book is narrated by Scout, a twelve-year old girl, who takes part in many adventures with her older brother Jem ranging from games at the house of their neighbor, “Boo” Radley, to witnessing her father, Atticus Finch, defend a black man, Tom Robinson, from being wrongfully accused of rape. While many may argue that To Kill a Mockingbird should not be taught in class, the values taught by the characters help to argue that it should be taught to classes.
Author uses Atticus teach these lessons through his wise words. Atticus teaches these lessons to not only the audience, but Jem and Scout too. Some of the main things he teaches his kids about are understanding people, using the mind instead of the body, the cruel reality of stereotypes, and true
The novel To Kill A Mockingbird is successful in delivering the story in a manner that captivates the audience. The story began by setting the scene, mood and also by introducing each character, which familiarized the reader with the environment. The author wrote the story in a manner that flowed with real life events of a time relative to the story, such as the segregation, racism and any financial struggles. It also did well to give each character a realistic mindset and reactions based on each person’s respective characterization. In a similar way, the story was written from the perspective of Scout, and the story was effectively narrated with the innocence and a lesser knowledge coming from someone of her age. Additionally, the story did a particularly good job at introducing details that were important to the story as it progressed so there were no surprises based on a sudden law change, for example. This aided in building the story to its climax, and other peaks of action. Each element to the story worked in sync to maneuver easily through the plot in a well thought out and executed story.
Children sit in school for eight hours a day for at least twelve years in their lives, learning how to read and multiply. However, children learn the most important lessons in life outside of the classroom walls. In Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird, Scout and Jem discover powerful lessons about life through their father, Atticus, community and experiences. They view an unjust trial of a black man against a white woman, and find that the world is cruel and that they must treat all people with respect. They judged and bothered their neighbor Boo Radley, but he later saves the two of them. Through this, Scout understands not to make assumptions about people until she gets to know them. Also, through Scout’s experiences in school, she finds that
Trying to do right from wrong was a huge problem in To Kill a Mockingbird. Nobody wanted to stand out from the pack of people who wanted to do wrong except for Atticus Finch. Atticus wanted to show his children, Jem and Scout how to follow their heart and do good deeds. When everyone said to Atticus not to defend Tom Robinson, he did not listen and did what was appropriate to do. Atticus gave Tom a fair chance at court and fought every second for him. He did not care what anyone thought or said about him, he did what was need to do to show his children the correct way of doing things. When Mr.Ewell spat in Atticus’s face, Atticus did not start a fight or stir up drama. He wiped his face and walked away because he knew Jem was watching. Atticus wanted to make the better out of a situation and never the worse. This shows students how distinguish good from bad and right from wrong. You want everyone to see you as a good-hearted and generous person. When you are honest and sincere you make superior choices that are positive for you.
Through the eyes of an innocent child, the story of To Kill a Mockingbird introduces a world of corruption. In the disordered town of Maycomb, certain character traits are developed and displayed in a specific local family. The opposition against their beliefs brings daunting situations to their door. Yet, this one family perseveres through the continuous corruption of Maycomb. Therefore, this recurring motif of character development really plays into the characters and, consequently, the story. This evident pattern of courage composes the Finch family: Jem, Scout, and Atticus.
The novel To Kill a Mockingbird is a timeless American classic that has been appreciated and loved by readers for decades. Harper Lee explores the story of a lawyer and his family in the deep parts of the South who is given the task of defending a black man accused with the rape of an adolescent white girl. Atticus Finch, the father of the protagonist and narrator Scout Finch, represents an elite group of minds that see beyond the invisible lines of race and wish to treat everyone with respect and equality. Atticus faces a series of external and internal struggles that brings meaning to the novel and reveals the overarching themes of the novel. Through several
To Kill A Mockingbird is a great American novel and movie that teaches its audience about compassion and forgiveness, justice and judgment, racism, fear, and the importance of youth. The movie takes you through a specific time in young Scout Finch 's life. She is a young girl and is growing up without her mother, left only to her slightly older brother, Jem, and her father, whom she calls Atticus. Scout is quickly forced to grow up when things take an unexpected turn in her town.
In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus gives his kids air riffles as a gift, with their new gifts, Atticus taught them a lesson that “It is a sin to kill to Kill a mocking bird” (Lee 119). The theme of education is shown with how Atticus teaches his kids, as he tries to teach his kids the social structure if the world. Scout is easily influenced, by her surrounding, his can be seen in her class discussion about Hitler, “ Mrs. Gates felt bad for the Jews, but when Scout mention how the African Americans are in the same situation she said it was a different one” (Lee 328-329). Scout thought this was hypocritical of her teacher in the to same situations. This situation shows how Scout understands that it is wrong to go after innocent
To Kill a Mockingbird is a very unique story that involves many different events that is narrated by a young southern girl’s point of view. And although the dialect is unfamiliar, To Kill a Mockingbird did hold my interest until the very end. The parts that I found myself enjoying the most is whenever Atticus and Scout would read or have a conversation together. The relationship between Atticus and Scout is special, their relationship reminds of my brother, Ken. When I was younger, Ken would read to me at night and I thought it was sweet that Atticus and Scout read together as well. The parts of the book I didn’t really get hooked on was the parts about school. I actually thought it was quite boring. I think that is why I had a hard time in
For my paper, I have chosen to analyze the movie “To Kill a Mockingbird.” This movie is based on the novel – by the same name – written by Harper Lee. The story has two major plotlines. One follows Jem, Scout, and Dill as they try to uncover the secrets behind the infamous “Boo” Radley. It’s only at the end of the movie that we learn “Boo’s” real name to be Arthur, and that we discover he actually tries to protect people, as he saved Jem and Scout’s lives. The other major plotline, and the one most relevant to this class, follows Atticus Finch, Jem and Scout’s father, as he tries to represent Tom Robinson. Mr. Robinson is an African American man who has been charged with raping Mayella Ewell. The movie then
Harper Lee uses her novel to teach us important lessons from the characters presented in To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus, a fair and moral character, whose parenting style is unique, lined with honest and example, teaches us to follow his ways. Scout, an innocent girl who teaches us what’s important in life. Tom Robinson, someone who is ostracized for being African American, can teach us the importance of equal treatment and awakens us to our surrounding society. Lee’s construction of characters gives us perspective to issues in our society today, how they still matter and what we can learn from the novel such as compassion, justice and understanding.