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Parent and Sibling Relationships in To Kill A Mockingbird
Inside the wondrous book, To Kill a Mockingbird, you can find many different examples of the theme I chose for this particular essay. The theme I seemed most fascinated with was parent and sibling relationships. The reason why I chose this theme was for the reason that I knew this book was all about the lessons that we learn in life, and how we gain knowledge from our parents and other family members also. As I looked through the book I found dozens of examples of parent and sibling relationships.
Parent and sibling relationships to me means how strong of a relationship people have, or what they have done to come closer as a family. In chapter three I found a nice quote to analyze. First of all Atticus said, " If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you see things from his point of view." (Lee 30). This quote helps me to understand Atticus' point of view on how he wants his children to judge people. He is teaching Scout a very good lesson right now. He is teaching her that you can't really talk about a person unless you have been in his or her position. I think that it is a very good lesson to teach Scout because she is still a young girl and at he school she has to put up with all kinds of judgmental people, she doesn't need to add to the mix. I think that this has made Atticus' and Scout's friendship come a little closer because now she knows something that she didn't before so she can develop to be a nice and even better young lady in life.
Another quote that related to my theme is the one in chapter 23. "Jem, see if you can stand in Bob Ewell's shoes for a minute, I destroyed his last shred of credibility at the trial, if he had any to begin with. The man had to have some kind of comeback, he always does. So if spittin' on my face and threatening me saved Mayella one extra beating, that's
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The next quote will be my last; it is also my favorite part of the book. It takes place after the mob leaves from the jailhouse after attempting to kill Tom Robinson. "Dill was encumbered by the chair, and his pace was slower. Atticus and Jem were well ahead of us, and I assumed that Atticus was giving him hell for not going home, but I was wrong. "As they passed underneath a streetlight, Atticus reached out and massaged Jem's hair, his one gesture of affection" (Lee 155). This quote related to the theme of this essay because it tells the reader that Atticus does have some kind of love and affection for his son, and if that isn't a strong relationship between them, then I don't know what it is.
The theme of my essay is found all over the book To Kill a Mockingbird. The relationship that both Scout and Jem have with their father is very easy to describe. Sometimes it can be hidden within Atticus' words but I know that deep down inside he really loves them both with all his heart. To show this he teaches them lessons that they can use for the rest of their lives. I bet it will be passes down from generation to generation. It is very important to have a very strong relationship with your children because you never know what they are thinking sometimes so you need to get involved with them, tell them that you love them once in a while.