To Kill a Mocking Bird Essay

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In the novel To Kill a Mocking Bird by Harper Lee, Atticus teaches his kids many lessons. One of them is “If you just learn a single trick, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” This is Atticus’s way of teaching his kids that you cannot judge people without knowing them from the inside out and that there is always more than how you view a person from the outside. This trick especially helps his daughter, Scout.

In the beginning of the novel, the lesson applies to Scout, Jem, and Dill when they are playing the Boo Radley game. They heard many rumors about Boo Radley and what he has been doing all these years inside his house. Then whenever creepy stuff happened to them, they blamed it on Boo Radley. Atticus reminds them that he is just a quiet man, who minds his own business inside his house and that there has been no proof of harming anyone all these years. Although the kids still want to see Boo Radley, Atticus’s lesson makes them have more respect for Mr. Radley. And when they realize he must’ve sewn Jem’s pants back and put a blanket over them when they were outside freezing while watching the fire, they try to stop playing their game.

Another situation that Atticus’s lesson applies to is with Scout. When she begins school and is able to read it and write it makes her teacher, Mrs. Caroline aggravated which almost makes Scout want to drop out of the first grade. But when Atticus shows Scout what it is like for Mrs. Caroline she has more respect for her. He tells her that Mrs. Caroline is knew to Maycomb county and the teaching system, so Scout’s advancement threw her lesson off and frustrated her. Then when Scout, has to inform her teacher about the Ewell’s and how they only go to school on the first day, and how the Cunningham’s do not take anything because they cannot pay anyone back is...
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