Essay Question 4
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird Scout and Jem learn many life lessons. Scout thinks that all there is to learn things in school, but they learn many life lessons. A lesson they learned is don’t judge somebody on what other people think of them. “The handful of people in this town who say that fair play is marked White Only; the handful of people who say fair trial is for everybody, not just us; the handful of people with enough humility to think, when they look at a Negro there but for the Lord’s kindness am I. the handful of people in this town with background, that’s who they are.” This means that everybody has a story to them, a background, and you can’t judge someone without knowing their story. For an example, Tom Robinson was African-American so everyone automatically thought low of him. Tom was really a kind, honest person. Tom even did work for the Euells for free, because he felt bad that they didn’t have a lot of money. Bob and his daughter Mayella took Tom to court. Scout and Jem’s dad is Toms lawyer so they knew what happened and that Tom should be treated fair, and be proven innocent. Even though Tom told the truth in court he was still found guilty. Tom never did anything wrong and Scout and Jem knew that, so they learned that they should treat people fair. Scout and Jem realize the affect that treating people unfairly has on other people, Toms wife was really upset when tom died, and it was all because of his unfair trial. So that can help them to know that treating people fair has an effect on everyone. Also they knew tom should have been able to be proven innocent, but most people knew an African-American man wouldn’t get a fair trial, or be innocent jest because of his race. Another example of someone that the town judged without really knowing them is Boo Radley. Everyone in town thought he was mean, scary, and only came out at night; it wasn’t until the end of the book that they find out he’s actually...
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