To Kill A Mocking Bird

To Kill A Mocking


To Kill A Mocking Bird deals with many
primal and basic lessons in human nature. The book exposes many issues
that affect most people throughout their lives. Scout, the main character
was one of the most affected by these lessons. During the book she was
exposed to many profound experiences, which no doubt will leave a lasting
impression. In the three years that the book took place, she may have learned
the most important things she will learn over her entire life.

One person that affected Scouts life was

Boo Radley. He brought wonder, fear and then finally relief to her heart.

At first kids thought he was evil. There were rumours that while he cut
out the newspaper for his scrap book he "drove the scissors into his parent's
leg."(pg11) He had tried to kill them. Even though this may have been just
a rumor the kids were terrified of the Radleys. They described him often
as a monster "six-and-a-half feet tall" with "bloodstained" hands. He was
said to eat "raw squirrels and any cats he could catch".(pg12) During the
rest of the book Scout and companions tried to meet Arthur (Boo) and get
over their fear of him. They did not succeed. But he showed affection for
them by leaving them gifts in a tree. Finally at the end of the book he
proves he is a good person by saving Scout and Jem's lives. In this instance

Scout may have found that to negatively prejudge someone is wrong. She
also learned compassion.

Scout also learnt about the ugliness of
life. About death and pain. This lesson occurred while her brother had
to read to a sick and dieing old lady. This lady's name was Mrs. Dubose.

She had been a morphine addict and had decided to go clean till her death.

To die as a free women, to die knowing she had won. Scout describes her
as a ugly lady and during their reading sessions she would have some kind
of spasm-fits. Her head moved side to side. She would drool. "Her mouth
seemed to have a private existence of it's own." (pg.107) After many reading
sessions with her having a fit each time, she died one day.

Probably the most important person in Scout's
life was the one who had set the best examples for her. This was Atticus.

He taught Scout how to deal with people. One of his teachings was to be
the bigger person. When Bob Ewell spit in Atticus's face and threatened
his life, he did nothing and walked away. All he had to say later was,"I
wish Bob Ewell wouldn't chew tobacco."(pg.217) Atticus reacts with his
brain not emotions. He encourages Scout to do the same.

Another trait that he teaches is respect.

Respect for people who are different. People such as Boo Radley. The kids
had been acting out a play which involved Boo's scissor incident. They
also tried to give a letter to him, so that he would come out to meet them.

Atticus found out about both incidents. They were put in their place and
told to, "stop tormenting that man." He then told them that, "what Mr.Radley
did was his own business."(pg.49) Atticus also commanded respect for black
people. He once told Jem that if a white man cheats a black man, "no matter
who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that man
is trash."(pg.220) At the trial he also explained that there are bad and
good black men as there are good and bad white men.(pg.204)

Two more models that helped Scout out.

The first was a valuable example set by Atticus. He had been told to defend

Tom Robinson. The case was a lost cause because he was beat before he began,
and it would bring hardship to himself and his family. He knew this, but
did not give up. It was the right thing to do. As he told his brother,

"do you think I could face my children otherwise"(pg.88) Scout heard this
conversation and understood it in later years. Again teaching this gives
her a valuable example; Stick to what you believe in. A lesson in effort
and commitment was also demonstrated by Mrs. Dubose. After finding out
that she would soon die, she decided to kick the morphine. This was a very
hard thing for her or for that matter anyone to do. "She was the bravest
person I knew." said Atticus. He also again repeated that courage is when,

"you know you're