Scouts Understanding Of Atticus Life Lesson English Literature Essay


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Indirect contact and dealing with Boo Radley has helped Scout to consider other people's points of view. Scout sees things from Atticus' perspective when she, Jem and Dill go and try to sneak a peak into the Radley house. After Jem loses his pants, he tries to go back to the Radley house to retrieve them. Scout is concerned about Jem going back and is against it. "I sat upright. 'You can't. I won't let you'"(pg 56). This quote suggests that Scout is now seeing things from Atticus' view; she is looking out for Jem and realizes that it's dangerous to bother the Radleys. Scout also learns later that Boo Radley cares about her after the fire at Miss Maudie's house; Atticus revealed that it was Boo that put the blanket around Scout to keep her warm. She thought Boo Radley was creepy and malevolent in the past but now her thoughts have shifted and she has now considered his view. She now thinks that Boo is just lonely and worried about Scout and Jem. She understands Boo even more at the end of the novel, when she is escorting Boo home. When Scout arrives on the porch of the Radley house, she realizes that Boo was an observer all along, watching over Scout and Jem, and that he cared for Scout and Jem. "He gave us two soap dolls, a broken watch and chain, a pair of good luck pennies, and our lives"(278). This quote indicates that Scout realizes at the end how much Boo Radley gave to Jem and her because she now is seeing things from Boo's eyes. She didn't realize this at the beginning of the novel. After these encounters with Boo Radley, Scout learns to accept Boo as a human being rather than a ghost. This is a sign that she is maturing and understands Boo Radley. Even though Boo Radley is a major influence to Scout, there are other people that have influenced her to understand Atticus' lesson.

Aside from Boo Radley, the Tom Robinson case Atticus has been working on and the Negro community have also influenced Scout in understanding the importance of seeing things from other people's perspectives. Scout sees things from a member of the Negro church when she visits the church with Calpurnia. When Reverend was collecting money from the church members, it was said to be insufficient and that Helen Robinson required more support. Scout noticed that the members of the church supported each other when other Negroes have problems in life. She understood the Negros attending Calpurnia's church at that time. Afterwards, Scout sees things from Dolphus Raymond's view after he explained to Scout that black folks are human to and white folks shouldn't discriminate black people. "Cry about the hell white people give colored folks, without even stopping to think that they're people, too"(201). After Scout 'jumps into Dolphus skin', she is informed that Dolphus is not a sinister man, she instead finds out that he is a wise man and he doesn't mind what other people think of him. Scout also 'jumps into Jem's skin' after the Tom Robinson trial. She realizes that Jem was angry about the trial being unfair. Instead of bugging Jem about crying, Scout looks out for Jem and begins to understand his thoughts. Scout has learned that Atticus' advice for life was valuable and is maturing into a responsible adult from the Tom Robinson Case.

Scout has realized and understood Atticus' life lesson, "'Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it'" (30). Tom Robinson, Atticus, School and Boo Radley have influenced Scout in understanding this life lesson Atticus has given her. Scout has turned from a child in the beginning of the novel into a maturing young adult in the end.

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