What Is An Individual's Perspective In To Kill A Mockingbird

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An individual’s perspective is the building block of their beliefs and values. Harper Lee’s book To Kill A Mockingbird demonstrates the idea that false beliefs are often the result of prejudice, and that life experiences allow an individual to form his own opinions and his own belief system. This is portrayed through the character development of the three children in the novel, Scout, Jem and Dill. The protagonist Scout most evidently supports this thesis. In the beginning of the novel, she does not think much about Boo Radley other than the fabricated idea that he is a malevolent ghost of legend trapped in the Radley House. However, towards the middle onwards of the novel when she comes face to face with Boo, she starts to perceive him as a sentient human being, even when her friend Dill asked her to have a poke at Boo, She replied to Dill, “Dill asked if I’d like to have a poke at Boo Radley. I said I didn’t think it’d be …show more content…

“Nothin’, just sittin’ and readin’-but they didn’t want me with ‘em.” (Lee, Page 190). His situation made him sensitive to the sight of neglect towards others. At court when Atticus was defending Tom Robinson who was accused of rape. The prosecutor, Mr. Gilmer was questioning Tom in a hateful way. Dill notices this and starts sobbing and tells his feelings regarding Mr. Gilmer’s hateful tone. “That old Mr. Gilmer doin’ him thataway, talking so hateful to him-” (Lee, Page 265). He has the perspective that of a neglected child, which makes him not want to see other people neglected. He believes that all men should be treated with respect. “I don’t care one speck. It ain’t right, somehow it ain’t right to do ‘em that way. Hasn’t anybody got any business talkin’ like that-it just makes me sick.” (Lee, Page

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