To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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To Kill A Mocking Bird Essay

Wednesday December 19th, 2012
The valuable lessons that Atticus teaches and demonstrates to his children (Jem and Scout) in the novel To Kill a Mocking Bird are very crucial. Atticus teaches Jem and Scout to put themselves into other people’s skin before they pre-judge a person. Atticus also teaches the two children compassion and forgiveness. The children learn an important lesson not to kill a mocking bird during the novel from Atticus. Throughout the novel several incidents happen where Atticus teaches Scout and Jem these very valuable lessons. In the novel To Kill a Mocking Bird Atticus firmly believes in teaching his children Jem and Scout to put themselves into others people’s skin before judging someone based on rumors or assumptions. “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” (Harper Lee 30). Atticus believes that just because you hear something or think something about a certain person doesn’t always make it true or correct. For example in the beginning of novel To Kill a Mocking Bird Jem and Scout think Boo Radley is crazy, and creepy. The kids also make assumptions based on rumors about Boo saying that he is a peeping tom, and peeks through people’s windows at night, and a murderer. Scout and Jem also think that he has an unhealthy mind based on the rumors and legends they have heard about Boo. The only way the kids know about Boo Radley are through rumors. Jem described Boo to Dill and Scout by saying, “He had a long scar running down the side of his face that is jagged; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten, he sounded like the perfect boogie man” (13). As time went by during the novel Jem came to realize that Boo Radley wasn’t this terrible person that everybody talked about. It began on the night when Jem’s pants got stuck on the fence. In the ending of the novel To Kill a Mocking Bird Jem and Scout...