“Sometimes it’s the smallest decisions that can change your life forever.” (–Keri Russell) “If there is no struggle, there is no progress.” (–Frederick Douglass) When you make a small effort to change your ways, there can be a greater impact on things and those around you, as shown through the characters of To Kill a Mockingbird. Although Scout has gone through some difficult relationship problems with women in the book, these women also influenced her well, setting good examples and being respectable role models. Therefore, Scout’s relationships change throughout the novel.
Miss Caroline Fisher is Scout’s young, first grade school teacher who is from Winston County, North Alabama. On the first day of school, Scout had already started out on the wrong foot. Ms. Fisher was surprised, but unhappy with Scout’s advanced reading and writing skills. She wouldn’t accept that Scout exceeded the first grade standards and seemed to believe that she could tell Scout what Atticus could teach her. “Miss Caroline caught me writing and told me to tell my father to stop teaching me. ‘Besides,’ she said. ‘We don’t write in the first grade, we print. You won’t learn to write until you’re in third grade.’” (18) Miss Caroline also wasn’t familiar with the town. She assumed that Maycomb was made up of ignorant people who didn’t know anything and she pre-judged the town, thinking she would come along and save the day. Her ideas disappeared quickly, finding out one student was already literate and many children didn’t respect her. Soon, she becomes insecure in her position and begins to take out her miscomprehensions on the students. “Miss Caroline said, ‘Sit back down, please, Burris,’ and the moment she said it I knew she had made a serious mistake. The boy’s condescension flashed to anger.” (27) Because of the way Miss Caroline acted towards Scout, telling her what she could and could not do, Scout didn’t have much respect for her. Scout had never really been bossed around...
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