Children are impressionable. However, important people in their lives, such as a father or neighbor, can help them mature and grow into a respected adult. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, several adults, such as Atticus and Miss Maudie provide moral guidance to Jem and Scout, hereby teaching them many lessons such as: to always respect others and to have courage. One important lesson Jem and Scout learn is that it is a sin to kill a mockingbird. A mockingbird is a bird that does no harm to humans, its only purpose is singing. It is a sin to kill a mockingbird because it has no negative impact on humans; therefore there is no reason in killing it. This was an important lesson taught by Atticus to his children, Jem and Scout, that allowed their morality to grow from children with wild imaginations to people with different views and respects on society. In the book, Atticus and Miss Maudie act as mockingbirds to Jem and Scout. Although, Jem and Scout show immaturity at the beginning of the novel by not respecting elders and not following their fathers lessons, the adult guidance of Atticus and Miss Maudie leads them to realize the importance of showing courage and respecting others.
Courage is an important part of human kindness, especially when defending and supporting people in your own community. In Maycomb, Atticus is a well-known lawyer, and shows courage when he defends an innocent African American man, Tom Robinson. Most other white lawyers in the 1930’s would not support an African American in trial; so Atticus takes a risk to help Tom Robinson because he believes it is the right thing to do. This shows his children to have courage in yourself and in others. The people of Maycomb County do not believe that blacks and whites are equal, so their children haven’t learned the lesson that every person is created equal. Atticus thinks otherwise; he teaches his children about equality and shows his children respect for all people regardless...
Please join StudyMode to read the full document