To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill A Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird

In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout learns valuable lessons on the evil of
prejudice present in her Southern town of Maycomb, on the true nature of courage, and on
the dangers of judging others before "...climbing into their skin and walking around in
it." Set in the mid 1930s, Scout Finch is a young girl living with her older brother, Jem,
and her lawyer father. Being a kid, Scout has the simple duties of a minor, to have fun
and to stay out of trouble. But along the way, she also learns many important things.
Although the majority of her hometown is prejudiced, Scout's innocent mind remains non
prejudice and caring of others. To her, all is equal, so therefore, should be treated
equal. There is no doubt that Scout's character is one whom is an individual, someone whom
will stick to her own perspective no matter how cruel and racist other people can be. In
her adult world, Scout learns to treat all people fairly with dignity and respect.

One of the most important role models in Scout's life, is her father, Atticus. Atticus is
a small town lawyer who deals with a very tough case involving a black man and his rights.
Although Atticus is a single father, he manages to teach his children right from wrong. He
makes it a common practice to live his life as he would like his children to live theirs,
and therefore displays the characteristics of an honest, respectable, and kind man.
Atticus demonstrates his feelings for example, by showing the highest respect for everyone
in Maycomb, regardless of their color or class. His serious defense for Tom Robinson, a
black man accused of raping a white woman, proves his high ideals. Throughout the trial
process, Atticus shows Jem and Scout that a true person is standing up for what you
believe in, and all human beings, despite their race, deserve respect. Atticus not only
shows his non prejudice ways through defending Tom Robinson, but also through his everyday
dealings with Calpurnia, the cook. He refuses to fire Calpurnia despite Aunt Alexander's
wishes, showing the high value he puts on Calpurnia. Atticus even goes as far to say he
considers Calpurnia as a faithful member of the family. By doing this, Atticus hopes to
show Scout and Jem that he still treats Calpurnia as an equal, even though she is black.

Through her everyday life, Scout is able to gain a sense of what it means to be
courageous. In the beginning of the novel, Scout faces terrible encounters with her
neighbor, Mrs. Dubose. Mrs. Dubose often shouted vicious comments and criticized the
children as they passed, though they have tried in every way to treat her in the kindest
manner. One day, however, after Mrs. Dubose's comments got out of hand, Jem cuts off the
tops of her camellias in a rage. Attticus finds out about it and orders him to apologize
immediately. Unfortunately, for Jem, his punishment is to read to Mrs. Dubose for an hour
each day for a month. Left with no choice, Jem gathers up his courage and heads to her
house everyday after school. Being a faithful sister, Scout sticks to her brother's side
and makes the horrible trips with him. Shortly after the end of Jem's punishment, the
children find out that Mrs. Dubose had passed away from cancer. Atticus explains to the
children that Mrs. Dubose acted in such a bitter manner because she was going through such
pain, and not because of her intentions. As a result, Jem and Scout learn about death and
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