What Is The Source Of Wisdom In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a novel that takes place in poverty-stricken Maycomb, Alabama, during the Great Depression. The story follows Jem and Scout Finch, brother and sister, as they meet new people and experience several hardships. Scout and Jem live with their father, Atticus, and their maid, Calpurnia. Jem and Scouts mother passed away when Scout was only two, so she has grown up to be quite a tomboy. When Jem and Scout meet Dill, a strange boy with ever stranger ideas, they get into all sorts of trouble. Most of their devious plans involve engaging the mysterious and unknown Boo Radley, a monster-like man who is said to have stabbed his father suddenly and bitten his mother’s finger clean off. No one seems to know the truth…show more content…
In the beginning of the book, when Scout has trouble with the new teacher, Ms. Caroline, Atticus tells Scout to put herself in her teacher’s shoes. It’s a new area for Ms. Caroline, who doesn’t understand why Burris Ewell won't come to school or why Walter Cunningham has no food. There are certain rules in Maycomb that don’t apply to certain families because the town knows they’re experiencing hardships and has compassion. Atticus also tells his kids to firmly stand up for what they believe is morally right, even if they’re losing the battle. Atticus is a lawyer, and has gotten a case where he has to defend an African American named Tom Robinson. Atticus already know he’ll lose the case, but he continues to stand up for Robinson because it’s the right thing to do. When kids at school start to call Scout’s father several rude names, she promises him not to punch them. But when Scout’s relative, Francis, begins to harass her and call Atticus names, Scout punches him and fights. Scout clearly loves her father and doesn’t want anyone to disrespect him. When she overhears Atticus conversation with Uncle Jak, Scout realizes her father wants her to believe in him without listening to the town. What he means is there’s a lot of racism and segregation, and he doesn’t want Scout to be poisoned by “Maycomb’s usual disease” (Lee 177). Jem and Scout do respect their father, but
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