To Kill A Mockingbird
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Childhood is a continuous time of learning, and of seeing mistakes and using them to change your perspectives. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee illustrates how two children learn from people and their actions to respect everyone no matter what they might look like on the outside. To Kill A Mockingbird tells a story about two young kids named Scout and her older brother Jem Finch growing up in their small, racist town of Maycomb, Alabama. As the years go by they learn how their town and a lot of the people in it arenÐ²Ð‚™t as perfect as they may have seemed before. When Jem and ScoutÐ²Ð‚™s father Atticus defends a black man in court, the townÐ²Ð‚™s imperfections begin to show. A sour, little man named Bob Ewell even tries to kill Jem and Scout all because of the help Atticus gave to the black man named Tom Robinson. Throughout the novel, Harper Lee illustrates the central theme that it is wrong to judge someone by their appearance on the outside, or belittle someone because they are different.
In this book, Harper Lee clearly demonstrates the importance of not judging a book by its cover in the person of Boo Radley. Boo was a boy never seen outside his house ever since he was caught by the authorities involving himself in mischief. Rumors had been spread that he was locked in his house and chained to his bed by his overly religious family. Since people never really knew what Boo looked like, Jem made up his own theory. Ð²Ð‚ÑšBoo was six-and-a-half feet tall judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, thatÐ²Ð‚™s why his hands were bloodstained Ð²Ð‚” if you ate an animal raw you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his faceÐ²Ð‚¦Ð²Ð‚Ñœ (13). Although nobody really knew Boo, he was blamed for everything that went wrong in the town. As the story goes on Boo starts to secretly involve himself in Jem and ScoutÐ²Ð‚™s lives. He does things like putting a blanket on ScoutÐ²Ð‚™s shoulders during a fire at Miss. MaudieÐ²Ð‚™s house. Ð²Ð‚ÑšYou were so busy looking at the fire; you didnÐ²Ð‚™t know it when he put the blanket around you.Ð²Ð‚Ñœ Atticus tells scout (74). Boo also showed his kind heart when he put small gifts inside a tree for Jem and Scout. As the entire story unfolded Jem and Scout had finally realized that you can never judge a book by its cover, as Scout learned while reading the book The Gray Ghost at bedtime one night. Scout interrupts Atticus, Ð²Ð‚Ñš AnÐ²Ð‚™ they chased him Ð²Ð‚?nÐ²Ð‚™ never could catch him cause they didnÐ²Ð‚™t know what he looked like anÐ²Ð‚™ when they finally saw him, why he hadnÐ²Ð‚™t done any of those thingsÐ²Ð‚¦Atticus he was real niceÐ²Ð‚¦Ð²Ð‚Ñœ (261)
In the middle to end sections of the book, Harper Lee incorporates more examples of the central theme by involving Jem and Scout in the life of an old woman named Mrs. Dubose. Mrs. Dubose was an elderly woman who lived alone. She spent most of her time in bed and the rest of it in a wheelchair. Mrs. Dubose doesnÐ²Ð‚™t really accept the FinchÐ²Ð‚™s way of life or the way that Mr. Finch raises Jem and Scout. She said Ð²Ð‚ÑšIts heartbreaking, the way Atticus finch lets his children run wild,Ð²Ð‚Ñœ Scout talks about Mrs. Dubose (100). Jem and scout often try to find a path around Mrs. DuboseÐ²Ð‚™s house so they donÐ²Ð‚™t have to be subjected to another lecture about how they would never amount to anything. Ð²Ð‚ÑšJem and I hated her. If she was on the porch when we passed, we would be raked by her wrathful gaze, subjected to her ruthless interrogations regarding our behavior and given a melancholy prediction on what we would amount to when we grew up, which was always nothingÐ²Ð‚Ñœ (99). Since many people in the town didnÐ²Ð‚™t respect Mrs. Dubose, people made up rumors, Saying