It is the responsibility of parents to teach their children the many valuable lessons that will help to guide them through their lives. This is demonstrated many times throughout the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. It is shown mostly by Atticus and Calpurnia, who are constantly giving Jem and Scout advice about what is right and what is not, in life. Scout especially, learns from Atticus not to judge people before she learns their story and also to respect people in her company, to not act like she’s better than others around her. All of these lessons help Scout’s development throughout the novel.
Level B Behavior: Scout is Level B because she wants to hurt Francis badly but then she thinks on what her father, Atticus had told her. 6 Pg. “I was far too old and too big for such childish things, and the sooner I learned to hold in, the better off everybody would be. I soon forgot.” Internal: Scout showed who could be the bigger person a she defiantly did. Level D Behavior: Scout is Level D because she holds her composure and she does the more civilized thing to do.z 6 Pg.
She taught her life lessons that would help her change and mature. Running the house like a military school, she imposes strict discipline upon Scout. Calpurnia has an influence on Scout’s life because scout does not have a real mother and Calpurnia is the closest mother scout ever had. The important life influences Calpurnia taught Scout was how to respect other peoples manner. “There’s some folks who don’t eat like us, but you ain’t called on to contradict ‘em at the table when
She says that being in charge of consequences for anything from bad behavior to failing to finish chores is making sure that her kids are in control. I agree with this, because my parents control me for the same reasons. I think it is absolutely okay to think of not giving up parental control when it is required most of the time. She also thinks that making sure that the kids are slightly afraid of you as a parent and know the guidelines at home, the better they will think and act. Again that is how my parents worked with me when I was in Elementary School.
[With her] left impaired [she] sailed in with [her] right”(112). Again, this shows immaturity because Scout is unable to control her emotions because she Is just a little girl who acts before she thinks. Finally, Scout exhibits immaturity when she thinks Calpurnia likes Jem better. Scout says to Atticus “she likes Jem better’n she likes me, anyway I conclude… and suggest… that [you] lose no time in packing her off”(33). Scout said this after Calpurnia punished her.
Calpurnia plays an important role when Jem begins to mature very quickly, she explains to Scout what is happening to him and tells her why he doesn’t want to play any more. Scout becomes closer to Cal during this time as she goes and sits in the kitchen with her when she is bored and Cal tries her best to find something to entertain her. When Atticus is away he trusts Calpurnia to take care of his two children, showing the children, whether or not they realise it, that what white people say about black people being untrustworthy is not necessarily true as Atticus would trust Cal with his life. She takes them to her church
In to Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee revealed that empathy is a learned trait, and it is hard to rid old ways. This is exhibited through 3 important characters in the novel; Atticus Finch, Bob Ewell, and Jean Louise Finch (Scout.) Atticus, Scout, and Bob Ewell are all very important examples of people who empathy has affected the most. Atticus shows how necessary of a skill empathy is in the book, and teaches it to the whole town; even his enemies. Scout originally did not have the skill to empathize, but thanks to Atticus, earns it.
“Over here we don’t believe in persecuting anybody. Persecution comes from people who are prejudiced.” However, her attitude towards the whole Tom Robinson case says the complete opposite. Scout even hears her say after Tom's sentence "it's time someone taught 'em a lesson, they were gettin' way above themselves, an' next thing they think they can do is marry us. " Scout does a lot of "growing up" in this novel. She doesn't understand much about the world in the beginning, and by the end she understands a little too much.
Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Scout learns, and applies, the life lessons her father had instilled in her. She understands what courage really is, alongside the definition of cowardice, and logic. “Because you’re children and you can understand it,” Mr. Dolphus Raymond explained to Scout. She realizes the necessity to see things though other’s points of views as well as treating everyone equally. She understands how truly wrong embarrassment and shaming of others is.
In the beginning of the book, Atticus teaches Scout a valuable lesson, “If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along better with all kinds of folks. 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” (Lee, 30). From this, Scout learns that each person goes through their own battles no matter who they are. Scout’s Aunt Alexandra becomes an example of this class bias, as she assumes she is superior due to her wealth. When Scout asks Aunt Alexandra why she can’t play with Walter Cunningham, Aunt Alexandra replies “Because-he-is-trash, that’s why you can’t play with him.” (Lee, 225).