Scout's Learning And Development In To Kill A Mockingbird

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“Your kids require you most of all to love them for who they are, not to spend your whole time trying to correct them.” (Ayers) The positive involvement of parents is the most overwhelming key to a child's success at the end of the day. However, parents are not the only people who influence kids. Parents and neighbors can teach moral life lessons like the difference between right and wrong. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Jean Louise Finch, or Scout, narrates the story of her childhood. As the story progresses, Scout’s knowledge and maturity increases. The three characters from the novel that had the most excellent effect on Scout’s learning and development are Calpurnia, Boo Radley and Atticus Finch. In this classic of…show more content…
He taught her an important lesson to not judge a person based on a rumor; rather judgments should be based upon one’s actions. At the beginning of the novel, Scout and her brother Jem were terrified of the stories about Boo coming out at night and eating squirrels. He is known by the Maycomb Society as a mysterious and hateful human being. As they grow older and become even more mature, they start to realize that Boo is not bad at all. In fact, Scout tells her father: “Atticus, he was real nice”. (Lee 281) Throughout the novel, Mr. Radley gave the children many things such as soap dolls, gum, spelling bee medal and lucky pennies. He also warmed Scout with a blanket while Miss Maudie’s house is burning down, sewed Jem’s pants after they got stuck and most importantly, saved the children’s lives from Bob Ewell’s revenge. They slowly began to realize that none of Maycomb's hurtful stories really describe him. This leads Scout to understand what her father had taught her; you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around them. Scout concludes by saying: “Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.” (Lee 279) After she walks him home, Scout stands on Boo’s porch and imagines many of the events of the story such as Atticus shooting the mad dog and the children finding Boo’s presents in the oak tree. She finally realizes something that Boo wanted her to understand before: do not…show more content…
Throughout the novel, Atticus symbolizes the integrity that is greatly missing in Scout's town. He tries to teach her to respect others without judging them. For instance, Scout believed that Boo was a dangerous man because she heard rumors that he stabbed his father but soon finds out it is not very true when he comes to save Scout’s and her brother’s lives. In addition, Atticus is mistreated for believing in equality and for his way of thinking which was giving Tom Robinson, a black man, a worthy lawyer. In chapter 3, Atticus 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 it” (Page 39) In chapter 31, we know that Scout understood her father’s words because we see her looking at the world from Boo Radley’s perspective as she stands on his porch after walking him home. Lastly, he explains to her that people have their blind spots like Mr. Cunningham, who is prejudice against black people. To illustrate, once Scout mentions Mr. Cunningham’s son, he realizes he was doing the bad thing which was attempting to attack Tom Robinson. Hence, Atticus tries to teach Scout that people have good and bad qualities; he wants her to admire the good while pardoning the

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