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.
In this lesson Atticus teaches Scout that you must understand where someone comes from in order to show true sympathy and compassion. Now before Scout judges someone she steps into their shoes. Allowing her to show compassion towards that person and many more. She has learned that the most compassion you can give someone is sympathy and understanding. Jem also learned these lessons but through experiences and challenges he had to face and go through.
Jem and Scout, throughout “To Kill A Mockingbird,” learn to consider things from other people’s perspectives. Atticus, Jem and Scout’s father, says “you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view – until you climb into his skin and walk around in” (Lee 39). They learn this through experiences with their neighbor Boo Radley as they mature beyond their years. At the beginning of the novel, Jem and Scout make fun of Boo and assume that all of the rumors going around about him are true. However, later on in the story the children grow an admiration for Boo and learn to understand him. As they matured, Jem and Scout naturally learned many life lessons of appreciation, respect, and courage
Anne Frank once said “Parents can only give good advice or put them on the right paths, but the final forming of a person's character lies in their own hands.” In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, it is a bildungsroman novel that follows Jem Finch as he grows up in Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930s. Over the course of several summers he, along with his sister Scout , face obstacles and challenges which consist of their mean old neighbor Ms.Dubose and the recluse Boo Radley. Although, in the beginning of the novel, Jem still is a child physically and mentally, and we witness him mature and grow up. We see Jem deal with problems that arise in a more mature manner. Lee shows that even someone as childish as Jem can grow up and learn to
The novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee tells the story of how two children, Jem and Scout Finch, grow up and start to understand the world in more adult ways. In the small town of Maycomb, Alabama, racism and prejudice spreads around. Atticus Finch, a lawyer, defends an African American man who is accused of raping a white woman. This is a journey of learning new morals and compassion through experience and practice. The kids learn important life lessons from their father, Atticus. He educates them on the true meaning of sympathy, understanding toward others, courage, and standing up for what is right through lessons and his examples.
He teaches them "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view--... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." (Chapter 3) This example teaches Jem and Scout not to judge anyone until you know their side of the story or until you've walked in their shoes. Atticus Finch also influences them by his actions and the example that he sets for them. Atticus teaches them not to become racist. Or as he says, not to get "infected" with racism, as it is like a disease. Atticus not only tells them not to be racist, but he shows that he isn't either when he defends Tom Robinson and not Bob Ewell of raping Mayella. Jem and Scout were amazed of how brave Atticus was and they both envied him and wanted to become more like
No matter where or who a person is, they are always learning something, either about themselves or about the environment around them. In Harper Lee's heartwarming novel titled To Kill A Mockingbird, the main characters Jem and Scout grow and mature throughout the story as they learn both more about themselves and the world around them. As the story progresses, they learn many life lessons including those about prejudice, people and how they have been categorized and judged, and, last but not least, gender issues.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view.”- Harper Lee. Jem is growing up and getting older and as he is getting older he begins to drift away from his little sister Scout. As he begins to drift away he also begins to grow and change his morals. Harper Lee reveals to us in the book “To Kill A Mockingbird” how Jem changes by providing us with information of how he grows up and starts to distance himself from Scout.
Throughout the novel “ To Kill A Mockingbird ” by Harper Lee, many different characters are introduced and explained. The author fills us in on the characteristics and the personality of the characters in the book. For example, how they react in a certain situation or how they generally are around certain types of people. However, throughout the story we can see how they change and develop into a new person or how they develop new beliefs. In the story we see that they go through many types of scenarios and how they learn from what they experience and eventually they figure out the answers to some of the questions they had. But is seems, we are focused on the main characters like Jem, Scout, Dill, and Aunt Alexandra. Of course, there are
HOOK There are many lessons a child learns when they are growing up. TAG In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee there is a young man named Jen and a little 8 year old girl named Scout who are trying to fit in. THESIS In the book To Kill a Mockingbird they both learn lessons from the father, Atticus and during the Trial of Tom Robinson.
To Kill a Mockingbird focuses on the experience of Scout and Jem as they share the turmoil of emotions faced by Atticus in the trial of Tom Robinson. They face contrasting mindsets taught by society and Atticus himself. Within this internal indecisiveness, Scout and Jem mature and learn important lessons from their father. The author, Harper Lee, explores the causes and consequences of the ignorance that influences bigotry and the knowledge needed to educate closed opinions.
In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird these two children, Scout and Jem are influenced by the citizens and their expectations. However their view point isn't the same when Atticus their father decides to take a black man’s case, even if it seems hard to prove the Tom Robinson did not rape Mayella Ewell. Jem and Scout realize who Boo Radley truly is, instead of being a monster. Scout also realizes the difference between a lady and being stereotyped lady. Since the children are growing up without a mother, everyone believes that Jem and Scout aren't growing up right. Throughout the story, it is proven that Jem and Scout both mature through experiences that make them look at their society and world in a different light.
Scout learns throughout the story the lesson of not judging a book by its cover. She learns by the story of Walter Cunningham but she also learns through her dad’s experience with Tom Robinson on trial. She learned that even if the world hates what is being defended the person needs to be able to fight back. In all actuality Tom Robinson did not rape Mayella Ewell but was founded guilty anyway. He was found guilty because of the color of his skin. He was found guilty because the entire town did not like him. Scout saw how disappointed Jem was when he learned that Tom Robinson was found guilty. Jem had pieced the entire case together and declared Tom innocent. Jem believed that they couldn’t convict Tom, the argument was foolproof. Scout learned
In the story, To Kill a Mockingbird there is a young boy by the name of Jem and he is
The classic novel, To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee addresses many important themes regarding human nature. Atticus Finch, the central character and father of Jem and Scout, portrays a great father who tries to stand for what he's right, while teaching his children real life situations . The children, Jem and Scout are still young, but as they get older they realize life and how people act around others. As one passes from their childhood into adulthood, they become aware of the evil around them.