Scout mostly tells of her own thoughts but also devotes considerable time to recounting and examining Jem’s thoughts and actions. The childhood innocence with which Scout begins the novel with is threatened by numerous incidents that expose the evil side of human nature, in particular the injustice of the guilty verdict in Tom Robinson’s trial and the ruthlessness of Bob Ewell. As the novel steps forward, Scout and Jem struggle to maintain trust in the human ability in doing good things. This is mainly, as a result of these recurring instances of human evil. Lee using Scout as the narrator also highlights how Scout learns about life and the negativity of discrimination throughout her childhood years.
The modern day novel and movie The Help shows many similarities that were portrayed in the classical novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Both The Help and To Kill a Mockingbird go into depth about the struggle humanity has been threw over the years. Although they both contain the same themes the way the authors create the situations and display the harsh reality of society’s make these two stories very different. During the depression prejudice was at its peak, with the Jim Crow laws and no rights for blacks it made it near impossible for the African American community to live a normal life. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird the rape trail of Tom Robinson vs Mayella Ewell, an African American man accused of raping a white teenage girl was held in a bias court room of Maycomb County.
Book report on The Secret Life of Bees Although the title is called The Secret Life of Bees, this book is not actually about bees. Lily was raised in a broken family. Her mother left her when she was little and her father did not represent the right father figure. The only person that actually loved Lily was ironically Rosaleen. The fact that Rosaleen truly cared for and loved Lily is ironic because Rosaleen is African American while Lily is White.
Brianna Berry January 18, 2013 D- Block To Kill A Mockingbird Essay Have you ever noticed that one of your experiences as a child molded you to who you are today? In the book To Kill A Mock ingbird by Harper Lee, is about a family that is chosen to defend a black person against a white person in a trail. It shows how racist people use to be, and how different people were treated because of their skin color. A little girl named Scout Finch was a courageous and brave little girl. Some of Scouts experiences as a child mold who she is because of how her father, Atticus has raised her, how she views the tragedies around her , and growing up by becoming more mature.
In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Scout learns many things. We meet Scout and her character when she is aged 6. She has grown living with a prejudice of Negro’s; she has an impulsive character and a tendency to say inappropriate and childish things. She also has a short temper and is unaware of these problems and unaware of her character. As she progresses, she grows, matures and soon learns different things from the ever present mentors and guides.
Factors That Influence Scout’s Maturity As people grow up, they change and mature. Scout, the main character in the novel To kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, is a perfect example of how someone’s thoughts and actions change as they mature. The story is narrated by Scout Finch, a young girl that is growing up in Maycomb, Alabama, a few years after the Great Depression. Scout lives through many social issues, including racism in the Deep South. This issue is displayed when her attorney father tries his best to defend an innocent black man in a very controversial case.
In Being Atticus Finch: The Professional Role of Empathy in To Kill a Mockingbird, the Harvard Law review describes this scene: In a characteristic episode, Atticus Finch, the central character and moral conscience of the novel, imparts to his daughter, Scout, a “simple trick” for getting along with others: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view” – that is, “until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. (Harvard Law Review 1686). That’s not a saying that is unfamiliar for the majority of people, but Atticus uses it to shape Scout’s character. Scout is just a child and as such children do not have any way knowing right from wrong outside of what others instill in them. Atticus very clearly is not the only influence on Scout as a person and she does learn many things on her own, but “much of the credit for Scout’s moral development is
Harper Lee’s best selling fictional novel To Kill a Mockingbird is an important historical overview of events and ideas in 1930’s Southern America. Set during the Great Depression between the years 1933 to 1935, the novel follows a young girl named Scout Finch and her family who live in the fictitious town of Maycomb, Alabama. Scout spends most of her time with her older brother Jem and their friend Dill, spying on their reclusive and mysterious neighbour Boo Radley. When Scout and Jem’s father Atticus, a widow and respected lawyer, accepts the responsibility of defending a black man against false rape charges, the trial and tangent events expose the children to the evils of racism and stereotyping. The novel is filled with symbolism and motifs that help shape the story and help produce better understandings of the events that readers in 21st century New Zealand simply can’t relate to.
Janie, who spent her early childhood with white children, does not even know she is different from the other children until she sees a picture of herself with them. This shows that until then, race was not a factor in Janie’s life. It is not until Janie goes to the all black school that appearance of race becomes important. The children at the black school mock Janie for living with a white family and dressing in white clothes better than their clothes (Hurston 26). The children, jealous of her living conditions and angry at her lifestyle, constantly remind her of her poor, unreliable parents in order to let Janie “not be takin’ on over mah looks” (Hurston 26).