To Kill A Mockingbird Character Analysis

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In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, many themes are conveyed throughout the book, including the lessons of childhood. As Scout and Jem grow up, Atticus attempts to teach them proper morals and values. They become very aware of their surroundings and try their best to do the right thing. Atticus also teaches the children that it is not okay to take advantage of someone's race. He tells them that “As you grow older, you’ll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don’t you forget it—whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that white man is trash” (pg.220) Atticus has important views on the rational tension that was taking place at the time. He taught Jem and Scout that cheating anyone is not okay, not even the people that were sadly considered the lowest in their society. It is revealed in the book that Atticus is chosen to defend Tom Robinson because he was believed to be the only lawyer who would have supported him. Atticus’s beliefs are stronger than those around him and he was set on making sure Tom was not falsely accused of the crime solely due to his race. Jem shows a strong connection with Tom Robinson and is heartbroken when he is not acquitted and when he is shot to death. This is an example of the kids following their fathers values and not seeing people for their color but for seeing their true intentions. One of the most important lessons that Scout and Jem learn is not to be quick to judge people. Atticus states, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” (pg 30) He teaches Jem and Scout that it is not right to judge people without knowing their full background. This was one of the most important lessons in the book due to the various types of people the live in Maycomb County. This lesson foreshadows the main idea of the book and relates to how unfairly Tom Robinson was treated because of his race. They learn that people may have sides to their lives that they don't know about. They encountered many people from many backgrounds and learned
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