Grade 9 Essay - to Kill a Mockingbird

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Morals generally make up a good person. To know all morals will make you great and wise. If what I say is true, then To Kill a Mockingbird could make you a much better person. In the book, the one who learns how to become mature, wise, have faith and learn life lessons and morals is Scout. She learns not to hurt the innocent, not to judge, and treat everyone as equals.

Is there reason for hurting someone who has done nothing to you? There is no reason at all, unless you are cynical; contemptuous. That’s why “It’s a sin to kill a mockingbird. (Atticus, pg.90)” It’s a metaphor in which the mockingbird represents the innocent, as “Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. (Ms. Maudie, pg. 90)” Scout had fortunately learned this lesson when she and Jem had received their air rifles. She had grasped a firmer understanding of this when Jem had stopped her from squashing a roly-poly bug. Both situations were necessary for Scout to learn why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.

That however, was just one life lesson Scout had to learn. The quote, “Never judge a book by its cover is quite similar to the quote that is needed for Scout to learn this life lesson. “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. (Atticus, pg.30)” The life lesson and the meaning of the quote is that you should never assume, always be considerate, and try to feel someone else’s feelings. Scout had learned this when complaining to Atticus about her new teacher. Ms. Maudie also had part in this when she said, “Still think your father can’t do anything? Still ashamed of him? (Ms. Maudie, pg. 98)” In this situation, Scout is feeling ashamed that her father is not like the rest, until she learns Atticus was gifted with marksmanship, unlike some other men in Maycomb County.

Now off to one of the most important lessons in the book. This moral is to treat everyone as an equal. In...
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