Scout, reluctantly, wears a dress. Honesty: Avoiding False Judgment A majority of residents in the Finches' fictional town of Maycomb, Alabama, judge people falsely. His attempt to attack Scout after the school pageant shows that he is absolutely evil, because he has already destroyed one innocent life and is ready to take another simply for the sake of saving his pride. She is the mother figure for Scout and a role model that Scout can look up to. Atticus courageously defends Tom Robinson, accused of raping a white woman, because he knows Robinson is innocent. He explains that it was not Tom, but Mayella who initiated the sexual advances towards Tom.
Lee also exemplifies the importance of education through Jem and Scout's need for knowledge. You can have a seat now. The court's decision damages the kids' faith in justice and equality. Society puts too much emphasis on appearances and social class; they never take time to understand who a person is. Even though they live in a town that is resistant to new ideas and change, Atticus shows his children that perspective, persistence, truth and empathy are all courageous ways to live life.
This issue does not play a very important role throughout the story but is mentioned a few times and made very obvious, especially during the trial of Tom Robinson. This technique of using stereotypes gives the reader a first-hand knowledge of what it is like to be stereotyped; thus, creating the theme of the coexistence of good and evil. In the first few chapters, Scout is shown to be a child who means well, but lacks the tact to not make her statements and explanations rude. This post is part of the series: To Kill a Mockingbird. It is very evident in the courtroom when it is shown that there are no women on the jury, nor any women called on to be lawyers or judges. Lee uses situations throughout the book to force readers to examine moral issues and discern right from wrong. She only realised Calpurnia was a different colour from her when Calpurnia took Scout and Jem to the church with her and then started acting and speaking differently with her friends which were also a different colour as Calpurnia.
They are completely rude and so are their children, but they are still in a higher social class than black people since they are white. However, as she gets older, Scout does learn some tact. Theme 3 Education The theme of education in To Kill a Mockingbird is not only evident but also very pervasive. Although Atticus loses the trial, he believes strongly that despite social inequalities, all men are equal in the courtroom. Miss Stephanie Crawford is the town gossip and if anything in town happened she was right there to see it and hear it all. Calpurnia is a well-educated and well-rounded person. However, his teaching at home, both morally and otherwise, is far more valuable to his children than anything they learn in the classroom.
She believes that by dressing well, using manners, and being social,nshe is a true lady. Scout says the n-word innocently because she is repeating the n-word from what Calpurnia says. But when he revels himself to Scout and Jem he is there to help them. In particular, blacks were subject to special Jim Crow laws which restricted their rights and attempted to keep the race inferior to whites. Afterwards, she asks Calpurnia if she might be able to visit her house sometime because she has never seen it. GradeSaver, 29 July 2007 Web. In this book the author Harper Lee allows Scout to be taught various life lessons that can apply to the reader also.
Although Scout and Jem struggle with the idea that Calpurnia speaks two different languages, Scout respects Calpurnia for mastering both languages since she asks to visit Calpurnia at her home. As technology gets into the minds of children they seem to learn faster than before. Tom Robinson is convicted purely because he is a black man and his accuser is white. Although she might have said some horrible things, Atticus encourages the children to try to see the world from her perspective and to understand how brave and strong she was. Atticus is a very well-respected man among the whites and blacks living in town, but finds conflict when he agrees to defend a black man named Tom Robinson in a rape case. Calpurnia is the only mother figure that Jem and Scout respect and she is able to discipline them with support from their father. Even though she is black and working for a white man she is treated with respect by the family and friends.
An example of a person who is in the next social class is Mrs. The next social class is wealthy or middle-class black people. At first, they assume that human beings are symbols of purity and virtue. With this understanding, she is humbled. At first, they judge the people through their narrow social lens. In literature, symbols can be objects, characters, ideas, or even colors that are used to represent larger concepts.
In the first part of the novel, she learns and grows exponentially, and it shows. Kindness and Respect Lee uses pivotal characters to help readers understand the importance of kindness and respect -- treating others the way you want to be treated. This is why moral education is so important; children often learn what they live, just as scout and Jem did. A person can apply this lesson to their lifestyle by thinking of the scenario and the people involved. Miss Maudie helps the children understand other people and why they believe the way they do, in example the Foot Washing Baptist.