Analysis Of To Kill A Mockingbird Quotes From Phantom To Hero

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Nithin Varadharajan 4/19/11 B3 TKAM Essay From Phantom to Hero In any society people will find they are thrown into a social ladder with stereotyped categories. In this type of community it is only natural to parrot the actions around you. This is a major theme in Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, a story about the experiences and growth of a sleepy southern town in the 1930’s. The book is told in the perspective of Scout Finch, the main character. Scout matures as the novel continues. Scout is childish and disrespectful at the beginning of the novel. Often tossing people into predetermined classes based solely on their family or race. But, she is learning throughout the novel. By the end of the novel she has come to…show more content…
She is disrespectful towards Calpurnia her maid. Scout suggests to Atticus to have her fired. “‘She likes Jem better’n she likes me, anyway,’ I concluded, and suggested that Atticus lose no time in packing her off” (Lee, 25). When Scout says this after Calpurnia punished her, it shows how inconsiderate and rude she was. The reason Calpurnia punished Scout in the first place was because she had berated Walter Cunningham for having different tastes than her. In response to Cal’s lecture, Scout protests, “He ain't company Cal, he's just a Cunningham' “(pg. 24). In that short phrase Scout echoes Maycomb’s general attitude towards specific families. Walter is a Cunningham, so he is inferior and should be treated as such. Scout embraces the racism thrust on her and fails to see any other path. Also early in the novel Scout, Jem and Dill are afraid of Boo Radley, they think he is a monster and try to play tricks on him. They don’t know Boo Radley and have never seen him but still judge him on stories they have heard. They are threatened by him, and are scared to go on his property. They find Boo as a character for their amusement, and one with no feelings whatsoever. This is very childlike. Scout also had the immature habit of getting into fistfights that started by the slightest provocation. When Jem had told Scout to stop beating on Walter Cunningham, he asked why she was fighting him in the first place all Scout had to say in response was “He didn’t have any lunch”(Lee,22). This shows she did not have good reason to be fighting him. Scout is very immature in these incidents in the
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