Boo Radley is a representation of the mockingbird because of his innocence and acts of kindness. While Miss Maudie's house was burning down, Boo Radley secretly wrapped a blanket around Scout. " 'Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didn't know it when he put the blanket around you' " (Lee 60). Scout realizes that Boo Radley is a kind man who wants to protect and take care of her. The residents of Maycomb County know very little about him, but still spread rumors and view
Scout stands up for Walter Cunningham and says "That Walter's as smart as he can be, he just gets held back sometimes because he has to stay out and help his daddy. Nothing's wrong with him."(p304). Scout realizes that Walter Cunningham is not the way he is by choice but because his life holds him back by seeing what it would be like to be him. When Scout goes on the Radley's porch and thinks about how things would look like through Boo's eyes she realizes "Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley's porch was enough"(p.374). When Scout was younger she believed that Boo was this monster because of all the rumors that were spread about him but in reality Boo is this kind man who is kind to Jem and Scout. After realizing this Scout now sees hat Atticus was right and that she she shouldn't judge someone just by things she hears and people might do what they do for a
This tells us that Miss Maudie is very respectful of the Ewells and that she thinks they are equal to everyone else. This is also revealed when she says “Arthur Radley just stays in the house, that’s all.” The idiom at the end gives a sense of finality, that what Arthur Radley does is his business and no one else’s. This same lesson is given to Scout by Atticus after she and Jem are caught trying to sneak a letter into the Radley House. He says “… what Mr Radley does is his own business.” This shows his attitude that people can do what they want provided it’s within the law; which ties into the fact that he is a lawyer. Therefore, Scout learns from both Atticus and Miss Maudie that what people do is their own business and that Scout should be respectful towards them, and also that she shouldn’t always believe rumours.
scout and Jem Finch are growing up in the tired old Alabama town of Maycomb. Their father, Atticus, is the local lawyer and as a single parent tries to raise his children with honor and respect to their individualism. With the Depression on times are hard,
When they hear the rumors about Boo Radley they believe that he dines on “raw squirrels and any cats he could catch” and that he looks like a monster because he has, “a long jagged scar” and rotten teeth (Lee 16). The kids, having never seen him before, had many blind spots. If they had walked in his shoes and understood him they would of understood why he was always in his house and how he was not a monster. However as the story goes on they start to understand why he might be that way, Miss. Maudie tells Scout that Boo’s dad was a “foot-washing Baptist” and that “anything that’s a pleasure is a sin” (Lee 59). This helps Scout become more compassionate towards Boo and she starts to walk in his shoes. Jem also saw Mrs. Dubose as a monster. Mrs. Dubose was very mean and she was “nasty. She has fits or somethin” (Lee 143). Jem did not realize that Mrs Dubose, a morphine addict was trying to break her addiction before she died. Another blind spot Scout had was towards her teacher, Miss Caroline. Scout gave her a hard time because she did not like her, but like Atticus points out, “it was a honest mistake” and that Scout should not “hold her responsible when she knew no better” (Lee 40). In all three instances when the kids had blind spots, walking in the other person's shoes would of helped them be more
Atticus Finch is the only parents of ,Jeremy Finch, who is Jem Finch, and Jean Louise Finch, who also is Scout Finch. As Atticus raised his kids, he taught them by trying to show them good things such as justice and equality. Atticus have a very kind and loving relationship with his kids. One of the way that Harper Lee shows that Atticus is a good father is that how he tries teaching his kid respect, equality and justice. "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of
Scout like most young girls, is very observant about the world around her. Scout tends to show an observant side to her personality when people started to talk trash and spread rumors about Boo Radley. Being a young girl at that time she followed along with the rumors and stories she had heard. Scout, Jem, and Dill then decided to make a game out of the Radle’s ever so
However, the kids are not quick to accepting people most of the time. Without Atticus being there to guide them along the path of righteousness, Jem and Scout would be just like any other kid in Maycomb. When the kids are confused as to why Atticus was trying to do the ethical thing and defend Tom, Miss Maudie has to explain to them that he was making "baby steps in the right direction" (183). When Jem is still absent minded about the ordeal, Miss Maudie says, "I simply want to tell you that there are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father's one of them.' 'Oh,' said Jem. 'Well.' 'Don't you oh well me, sir,' Miss Maudie replied, recognizing Jem's fatalistic noises, 'you are not old enough to appreciate what I said'" (183). The kids are impetuous to judge people, like Boo Radley, and Atticus has to stand up for him against the children. Even if Scout and Jem do a good deed of exemplifying equality, they are following by Atticus' admirable example since he is their father and they live under his influence.
Scout struggles, with varying degrees of success, to put Atticus’s advice into practice and to live with understanding toward others. She doesn’t turn away from Walter Cunningham Jr. just because he is poor and made her get in trouble. At the end of the book, Scout succeeds in comprehending Boo Radley’s perspective. After she drops him off at his house, Scout takes a moment to survey the rest of the world from the Radley porch. “...Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.” Scout imagines many of the events of the story (Atticus shooting the mad dog, the children finding Boo’s presents in the oak tree) as they must have looked to Boo. She finally realizes the love and protection that he has silently offered her and Jem from the beginning.
Atticus Finch is a model father created by Harper Lee in the novel “To Kill a Mockingbird. He is an important figure in the Maycomb, Alabama Community. He raises his children, Jean Louise Finch (Scout) and Jeremy Atticus Finch (Jem) with wide sets of morals, disciplines them, and is a true role model. Atticus allows his children to be individuals and does not try to change who they are. He teaches them fairness and equality among many different types of people in Maycomb. He is always teaching his children about how their actions may affect others, then, as a result, devices punishments to teach Scout and Jem valued life lessons. In many situations, Atticus can chastise his children, but he allows them mature and notice their own mistakes
At the beginning of the story, Jem and Scout was young , childish and lacked the ability to see things from other's point of view. From the children's point-of-view, their most compelling neighbor is Boo Radley, a man that always stay in his house and none of them has ever seen. During the summer , they find Boo as a chracacter of their amusement. They sneak over to Boo house and get a peek at him. They also acting out an entire Radley family. "Jem parceled out our roles: I was Mrs. Radley, and all I had to do was come out andsweep the porch. Dill was old Mr. Radley: he walked up and down the sidewalk andcoughed when Jem spoke to him. Jem, naturally, was Boo: he went under the frontsteps and shrieked and howled from time to time"(chapter 4). Eventually , Atticus catch them and order
They are deemed strange by the community. This is because they don’t conform. They do not go to church. They do not socialize. Mrs. Radley never attends Missionary circle and the house is always closed on Sundays. This shows the intolerance in Maycomb of anyone who does not conform to their rules and standards of behavior. Boo Radley is treated with the most dislike as he has been to court when he was younger and was considered a troublemaker. Scout describes him at the beginning as: “a malevolent phantom.” The use of the word ‘malevolent’ stresses the way in which they consider him evil. These three examples of religious prejudice accent Lee’s perspective of life, as she knew it at the time.
Atticus models proper behavior to his children by the way that he interacts with his peers, the people Scout recognizes as adult neighbors and family friends. The first and most mysterious of these adults is Arthur Radley. While the reader never sees Atticus directly interact with Mr. Radley until the close
While many may view a family as a mother and a father raising a few children, Atticus Finch proves that a family doesn’t have to fit the mold to flourish. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus raises his two children, Jem and Scout, after his wife passed away. Just because Atticus isn’t married, doesn't mean he isn’t able to provide for his children physically, emotionally, and mentally. Miss Maudie comments on his parenting by saying, “Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on the public streets” (Lee 61). Atticus is a good parent for his children because he is able to set an example without remarrying. Scout and Jem learn to be honest, kind, and respectful to everyone from Atticus. Scout, the novel’s narrator, doesn’t feel any sense of emptiness by not having a mother to raise her. The Finch’s may not be a traditional family, but Atticus’s parenting shows that they are able to be successful and happy.
The sentimental and thought-provoking story begins by establishing the nucleus of the film, the Finch Family, lead by the father Atticus Finch, who is the quintessential father, strong, honest, intuitive, and spoke with wisdom; whose character was consistently imparted to his children through small teachings on life as it unfolds. One such example shows Atticus hugging Scout as they swing back and forth on the front porch, He tells her, "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." In another scene after being teased at school for her father defending a Negro, Scout questions her father as to why he chose to take the case. He states that if he didn't he would be unable to "hold his head up high", or even tell his children what to do anymore. Given the standard of that day, Atticus was risking his reputation and even the safety of his children by defending a black man. These phenomenal displays of impeccable character are so rare that it causes the credibility of the role to come into question; Atticus, at times seems too stoic to be