To Kill a Mockingbird: The Importance of Understanding Individual Differences

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In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill A Mocking-Bird, the importance of understanding individual difference is shown in part one of the book. Showing us each character is different in there own way, shows individual difference through each character in the book. Some characters that show individual difference are Atticus, Boo Radley and Miss Maudie Atkinson.

Atticus shows individual difference by how he is not as racist as the rest Maycomb County. A widower with a dry sense of humor, Atticus has instilled in his children his strong sense of morality and justice. He is one of the few residents of Maycomb committed to racial equality. When he agrees to defend Tom Robinson, a black man charged with raping a white woman, he exposes himself and his family to the anger of the white community. The rest of Maycomb are against him and do not agree on what he is doing. One of the people who are against him is his sister Alexandra; the only people who are on his side are Scout and Jem.

Another person who shows individual difference is Boo Radley. Boo is a strange person who had never set foot outside of his house since he was fifteen. Boo sees Scout and Jem as his children, which is why he parts with things that are precious to him, why he mends Jem's pants and covers Scout with a blanket, and why he ultimately kills for them: "Boo's children needed him." Apparently his family disapproves of his affection for the children or Mr. Radley wouldn't have cemented the knothole. But Boo is undeterred and loves them, even with the probable knowledge that he is the object of their cruel, childish games. Boo dominates the imagination of Jem, Scout and Dill, he is an intelligent person who was emotionally damaged by his cruel father and an example of the threat that evil poses to innocence and goodness. He is one of the novel’s ‘mockingbirds’, a good person injured by the evil of mankind.

Miss Maudie is another person who shows individual difference. She is a cheerful, kind...
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