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To Kill a Mockingbird

  • Date Submitted: 03/27/2013 05:45 AM
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Jem and Scout learn a great deal in Part One of the text. What do they learn and who do they learn it from?
In the novel to kill a mocking bird, by Harper Lee.   The two characters Jem and Scout learn a few lifelong lessons throughout the entire novel. They lived in a small town Maycomb which is suffering from great depression. Maycomb is a highly looked upon community with a great deal of racism and prejudice. In Part one of the text, Jem and Scout take the lessons they learn and grow into mature young adults. The leason’s they learn come with great development skills and good values and morals. They take up the skill to look at things from a different prespective, not to be so racist and judgemental, and most importantly not to kill a mocking bird.

Scout learns that looking at things from other people perspectives make her more open minded and understanding of some situations. She begins to put herself in other people’s positions to try and see things from their perspective. Scouts teacher miss Caroline isn’t from Scouts home town Maycomb county, making scout very misunderstood about her teacher being such an outcast in their community. She trys to believe that miss Caroline understands what she trys explaining to her teacher about the social status of the Cunningham family and why Walter Cunningham refuses to borrow any money by telling her “you’re shamin’ him. Scout gets extremely frustrated when Miss Caroline misunderstands what she’s saying and punishes her for it. Atticus tells his daughter “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.” He then teachers Scout that it’s only an honest mistake from miss Caroline for punishing her and to look at it from her perspective, because they can’t “expect her to learn all of Maycomb’s ways in one day.” These lessons Atticus has taught scout are important and helpful when it comes to understanding why one may be a certain...

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