Harper Lee's To Kill a Mockingbird

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Would you rather read a boring novel that contains static characters or would you want to read one that takes you on a journey through a dynamic character's life? In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout's personality greatly changes as she matures and learns more about life. This novel takes place in the 1930's in a typical southern society. Once Atticus chooses to defend Tom Robinson, a black man, Scout faces many challenges and she discovers numerous facts about life. Throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird Scout grows up and learns that one should not be prejudiced toward others, the true meaning of courage, and that it is wrong to harm the innocent and kind. At the conclusion of the novel, Scout understands that you should not be prejudiced toward anyone. After Scout beat him up, Jem invited Walter Cunningham to their house for lunch. While they were eating he put molasses all over his meat and vegetables. Instantaneously, Scout became outraged and she criticized him. In this act she was prejudice because she quickly condoned his actions without thinking about the situation from his point of view. Walter's family is poor and he barely gets any food to eat so he acted this way. Atticus tells her of her wrongdoings and says this: "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it (30)." Atticus tells Scout prejudging someone is wrong and that to truly profile someone and understand their actions you must look at their life from their point of view. Furthermore the white townspeople are prejudice against Tom Robinson. They see that he is black and they automatically assume he is guilty. They prejudge him and do not even care about the evidence Atticus presents. They also do not take into account Tom's testimony; they have already made up their minds on the verdict. Scout sees how Tom's guiltiness affects Jem; Jem is in tears and he cannot believe that this happened. Scout sees that prejudice is wrong because it caused Tom (an innocent man) to be convicted and eventually die. Scout discovers that prejudice is wrong because it harms people and hurts them emotionally. Through Atticus's teachings Scout realizes what courage truly is. Atticus stated that Mrs. Dubose was the bravest person he ever knew because of what she did before she died.

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