Essay- To Kill a Mockingbird
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Essay- To Kill a Mockingbird
To be a positive human being involves maturity. Maturity is used to describe the state of a person who is experienced, wise, and has common sense. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird the character Scout, better know as Jean Louise Finch developed in to a more positive human being throughout the novel. She realized that Mr. Arthur Radley (Boo) was a kind man not a monster that should be feared. She learned how to fight with her head not with her fists. She learned about equality and inequality, justice and injustice and finally about racial prejudice.
As Scout matured she learned that she should accept people as they are. For the first time Scout sees Boo Rradley as a kind man not a monster that should be feared. This definitely showed her emotional growth, over the course of the novel. Her first anticipation that Boo was a nice man came from the fact that she found gifts in a tree on the Radley lot.. Scout stated:
Some tinfoil was sticking in a knot-hole just above my eye level, winking at me in the afternoon sun. I stood on tiptoe, hastily looked around once more, reached into the hole, and withdrew two pieces of chewing gum minus their outer wrappers. (Lee, p.67)
Although Scout may not have realized the connection of the gifts, she later realized they must have came from Boo. This was the start of her acceptance of Boo as a "nice" person.
When Miss Maudieís house caught on fire, Boo surprised Scout. Atticus stated, "Boo Radley. You were so busy looking at the fire you didnít know it when he put the blanket around you." (Lee, p. 72) Boo came to Scouts rescue by putting a blanket around her. Scout began to think of Boo as a kind man not a monster.
At the end of the novel Scout stated, "Aní they chased him Ďní never could catch him Ďcause they didnít know what he looked like, aní Atticus, when they finally saw him, why he hadnít done any of those thingsÖ Atticus he was real niceÖ" (Lee, p. 281) Scout finally met Boo for the first time and he saved her and her brothers lives, She found out that he is a shy yet kind man. She puts herself in his "skin" and comes to understand Boo, thus this stage of her development is complete.
Scoutís increasing perception of herself as a girl who must leave behind her tomboy ways and become a respectful young lady, taught her to fight with her head not with her fists. Atticus stated:
You might hear some ugly talk about it at school, but do one thing for me if you will: you just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anyone says to you, donít you let Ďem get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a changeÖ (Lee, p. 76)
Scout often let people get the better of her and she fought back with her fists, now with the rough time of Tom Robinsonís trial ahead Scout learned to hold back her anger and fight using words.
Mrs. Dubose was regarded as the terror of the neighborhood. She always provoked Scout and Jem. Scout stated, "What Jem did was something Iíd do as a matter of course had I not been under Atticusís interdict, which I assumed included not fighting horrible old ladies." (Lee, p. 102) Scout refrained from using her fists to fight, knowing that if she did Atticus would be disappointed in her.
Scout finally learned how to fight with her head when she encountered Atticus being faced by a lynch mob. Scout stated, "Hey Mr. Cunningham." (Lee, p.153) "Donít you remember me, Mr. Cunningham? Iím Jean Louise Finch. You brought us some hickory nuts one time, remember? I began to sense the futility one feels when unacknowledged by a chance acquaintance." (Lee, p. 153) "Letís clear out, he called. Letís get going boys." (Lee, p.154) When Scout spoke directly to Walter Cunningham, she forced him to stand in Atticus shoes, which in turn broke up the mob.
An important lesson that Scout learned was that everything in life was not always fair and just, that things
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