"Naw, Jem, I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks."
Although Scout is so young she is wise beyond her years. This quote shows the influence of her father and the experiences she has gone through throughout the story. After a lot of thinking Scout considers there to be no "fine folks" and that there are only folks. This demonstrates that Scout has a more open-minded approach in life.
Jem:"Because they don't bother you."
This quote from Jem shows how he has matured from the beginning of the book. From the experience with Tom Robinson, he is now grateful for all life. It really drives home the title of the book and how it is a sin to kill a mockingbird, or to kill the innocent. Jem's maturity is a major factor throughout the book, and it is clear to see how far he has come since the beginning of the book.
"I think I'll be a clown when I get grown…There ain't one thing in this world I can do about folks except laugh, so I'm gonna join the circus and laugh my head off."
This quote shows multiple sides of Dill's personality and character. It shows his vivid imagination through his claim of wanting to be a clown when he grows up. It also shows his view on the world, he realizes that the world is not always right and he is going to grow up to live differently.
Jem and Scout both learned many messages throughout this novel, yet this one is probably the most important. This quote was given to them by Atticus, and it means to not judge a person until you think about how their life really is.
This lesson mainly applies to Scout because she has judged many people in Maycomb like Walter Cunningham, Mayella Ewell, and Tom Robinson. However, this lesson can also apply to Jem because he has also judged a few people as well, most notably Boo/Arthur Radley and Bob Ewell.
This lesson could also apply to the jury of Robinson's case, and how they failed at Atticus' lesson. Most of them never put themselves in Tom's shoes (or in this case 'skins'), and as a result of this, the trial was unfair.
| Direct Quote | "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" -Atticus Finch