To Kill A Mockingbird Learning Over Time Essay

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Madhu Vishnu Sankar Reddy RamiReddy
ELA 9 - 6th hour
3 June 2016
Learning over Time “Caring - about people, about things, about life - is an act of maturity,” said Tracy McMillan. The world is a harsh place. Many horrible things such as war, terrorism, murders, rapes, suicides and abuse occur all the time. Surviving these horrors and reacting appropriately is challenging. Some people argue that children have a hard time as they lack good judgement. However, in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Jem and Scout show that one doesn’t need to be an adult to truly understand the world they live in through Tom Robinson’s court case, the Mrs. Dubose incident, Atticus’s teachings and Boo Radley that occur around them.
Throughout the novel, Jem Finch, a teenager, goes through a challenging time when he understands the society that he lives in. When Jem was talking to Miss Maudie, he asks her if anyone “in this town did one thing to help Tom Robinson," (Lee 215). Jem is …show more content…

Soon after the court case, when things settled down in Maycomb County, Scout, feels “a twinge of remorse, when passing by the old place, at ever having taken part in what must have been sheer torment to Arthur Radley,” (Lee 242). When she was younger, she used to follow Jem and Dill to torment Arthur. However, now she realized that Arthur must have been depressed and lonely for staying in his house his entire life. She understands that the way she acted towards Arthur was wrong. After Arthur takes Jem and Scout safely home to Atticus, Mr. Tate tries to convince Atticus that Arthur was only trying to help the kids. Atticus turns to Scout to make sure she understands, to which she replies that “it'd be sort of like shootin' a mockingbird, wouldn't it?" (Lee 276). Scout sees that Arthur did not mean to murder Bob Ewell. Therefore, she realizes that he shouldn't be punished for something he hasn’t

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