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to kill a mocking bird1





To Kill A Mocking Bird deals with many primal and basic lessons in human nature. The book
exposes many issues that affect most people throughout their lives. Scout, the main
character was one of the most affected by these lessons. During the book she was exposed
to many profound experiences, which no doubt will leave a lasting impression. In the three
years that the book took place, she may have learned the most important things she will
learn over her entire life.


One person that affected Scouts life was Boo Radley. He brought wonder, fear and then
finally relief to her heart. At first kids thought he was evil. There were rumours that
while he cut out the newspaper for his scrap book he "drove the scissors into his parent's
leg."(pg11) He had tried to kill them. Even though this may have been just a rumor the
kids were terrified of the Radleys. They described him often as a monster "six-and-a-half
feet tall" with "bloodstained" hands. He was said to eat "raw squirrels and any cats he
could catch".(pg12) During the rest of the book Scout and companions tried to meet Arthur
(Boo) and get over their fear of him. They did not succeed. But he showed affection for
them by leaving them gifts in a tree. Finally at the end of the book he proves he is a
good person by saving Scout and Jem's lives. In this instance Scout may have found that to
negatively prejudge someone is wrong. She also learned compassion.


Scout also learnt about the ugliness of life. About death and pain. This lesson occurred
while her brother had to read to a sick and dieing old lady. This lady's name was Mrs.
Dubose. She had been a morphine addict and had decided to go clean till her death. To die
as a free women, to die knowing she had won. Scout describes her as a ugly lady and during
their reading sessions she would have some kind of spasm-fits. Her head moved side to
side. She would drool. "Her mouth seemed to have a private existence of it's own."
(pg.107) After many reading sessions with her having a fit each time, she died one day.


Probably the most important person in Scout's life was the one who had set the best
examples for her. This was Atticus. He taught Scout how to deal with people. One of his
teachings was to be the bigger person. When Bob Ewell spit in Atticus's face and
threatened his life, he did nothing and walked away. All he had to say later was,"I wish
Bob Ewell wouldn't chew tobacco."(pg.217) Atticus reacts with his brain not emotions. He
encourages Scout to do the same.


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