How does the writer explore the themes

Topics: Slavery, To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee Pages: 1 (452 words) Published: November 10, 2014
How does the writer explore the themes of tolerance and empathy in chapters 2 and 3? In chapter 2 Miss Caroline is introduced. She has come across as a very sweet and innocent lady. “She had bright auburn hair, pink cheeks and wore crimson finger- nail polish. She looked and smelled like a peppermint drop”. This quote highlights her innocence and exaggerates the difference between Miss Caroline, who is very clean-cut, to the rest of Maycomb, which is less educated and poor. Miss Caroline states that she is from north Alabama which is totally different to south Alabama because the north wanted to abolish the slave trade and the south didn’t, and “every child in Maycomb knew it”. Because of this she was an outsider and straight away you can tell that her views and opinions were going to be different to those of the locals. Her views are highlighted when she tells scout off when she is able to read. “Your father does not know how to teach. I’ll take over from here and try and undo the damage”. This quote highlights the schools and Miss Caroline’s point of view about teaching. They must think that anything that is learnt outside school is harmful for your education and is wrong. When Jem invites Walter Cunningham to eat with them, scout is very rude and shows no manners at the table. Calpurnia takes scout into the kitchen and teaches her a very important lesson. She says “don’t matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house’s yo’ comp’ny”. This shows that Calpurnia empathises with everyone, even though she is probably very badly treated by the local white people because she is black, she still empathises with everyone and treats everyone equally. Atticus appreciates Calpurnia acting as the children’s mother. He says “We couldn’t operate a single day without Cal, have you ever thought of that?” .This shows that Atticus has a different view on black people because unlike the majority of Maycomb, he treats Calpurnia as family and provides a room for her to live...
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