To Kill a Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird Literary Analysis Essay

To Kill a Mockingbird, a novel by Harper Lee, is the tale of a young girl growing up in the sleepy town of Maycomb, Alabama during the 1930’s and how she matures and deals with all the day to day crises around her involving her friends, family, and the whole community. The parents, like Atticus, Mr. Cunningham, and Bob Ewell, raise their children to become the type of person they want them to be.

Atticus Finch not only believes in setting a good example for his children, but he guides them along every step of the way and tells them right from wrong and how to cope with different situations. To begin with, when Scout’s teacher, Mrs. Caroline, discourages her from reading with her father because she isn’t learning the right way, Atticus disagrees with the teacher and tells Scout, “First of all, if you can learn a simple trick Scout, 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” (30). Atticus is trying to tell Scout that sometimes learning straight from the textbook isn’t always the most helpful thing to do and when you incorporate skills you have attained from other types of learning it helps make you a better individual. Atticus explains to Scout that by learning something simple like reading and understanding the concepts, then it will allow you to understand people and their actions better. Secondly, Scout comes home to Atticus sad because kids are insulting her father because he is defending a black man in court. When Scout asks her father about this situation, Atticus explains that it is something he must do and she needs to keep her head high and her fists down and be the bigger person because that is the more responsible and noble thing to do (76). Atticus teaching his daughter to keep calm and be patient with other people allows her to keep herself out of trouble and be well respected by her peers in the long...
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