To Kill a Mockingbird

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Changing Perspectives
Prejudice and racism are major issues in everyday life. They can sway a person’s perspective, on a situation or individual, towards one way or another. In Harper Lee’s, To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout’s perspectives change as she experiences prejudice throughout her life. Her viewpoints about Atticus Finch, Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson change as she matures.

Scout’s ideas of who Atticus Finch is change from the beginning to the end of the novel. At first she is ashamed of her father, she sees him as old and weak. Since he does not do the same things as her classmates fathers, she is embarrassed. She said, “Our father didn’t do anything. Atticus did not drive a dump truck for the county… or do anything that could possibly arouse the admiration of anyone” (Lee 102). Scout has no idea of what her father can do but she slowly realizes what he is capable of. Miss Maudie tells Scout of Atticus’ younger days and his amazing shooting ability. This starts to open her eyes up to who her father really is. Later in the novel she sees his bold, strong side at the courthouse when he stands up for Tom despite the ideas and ridicule of others. Then, at the end of the novel Atticus reveals himself to her further when he brings up her taunting of Boo from summers before. “I hushed then and there. At the same time I marveled at Atticus. This was the first he had let us know he knew a lot more about something than we thought he knew” (Lee 279). Scout is astounded by Atticus’ knowledge of the events. These situations lead Scout to have a very different opinion of her father. She loves him uncritically and comes to realize that he is very strong and speaks up for what is right no matter what others say. Scout has more respect and admiration for him. She now knows there is more to her father then meets the eye. As time passes Scout sees her father in a different light.

Scout’s perspective of Boo Radley and his life change drastically as the novel progresses. He...
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