By: Donald B. Natalie H. Jessica M. Harry S. Crystal P.
Although it is prevalent throughout the book that Scout has knowledge beyond her years, she still portrays that she is a child through her naivety. Most of the time, she is shown as naive in a humorous manner. However, during this situation, she obliviously runs up to her father while he is speaking to a mob. She puts herself in grave danger because of her lack of knowledge of the situation. Due to her appearance, the mob of men have an eye-opening moment and come to an understanding of Atticus's position. Ultimately, Scout does realize the situation that she had put herself in, and later cries because of this realization.
"Well, Atticus, I was just sayin' to Mr. Cunningham that entailments are bad and all that, but you said not to worry. It takes a long time sometimes.... and that you all'd ride it out together" (Lee, 154)
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view. (Lee, 39)
In the story, Atticus acts as the main example of wisdom and helpfulness for not only his children, but the inhabitants of Maycomb. Especially when he says this quote, we are able to recognize his fairness, open mindedness, and understanding. He always urges his children to think of things from the perspective of others in order to truly connect with people in a compassionate manner. Not only in this quote, but throughout the story, there are countless examples of the knowledge of Atticus and his heart-warming empathy.
Charles Baker Harris (Dill)
"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" (Lee, 216).
Dill is confused about the world and is saddened about humanity. He wants to be a clown and laugh at the crowd, instead of making others laugh. He knows it's backwards but he wants to be different. He believes the world is evil and he can't do anything other than laugh. Dill lives a life filled with loneliness and a lack of compassion from his parents, because of this he sees life differently from other boys that are his age.
This quote represents Jem as an older brother and his protective instinct towards Scout, which contributes to his personality throughout the story. He enjoys telling Scout that she isn't old enough to understand things because it makes him feel as if he has authority over her. He knows that it frustrates Scout when he acts this way towards her, but he chooses to say things like this to show that he is her superior. In addition, this quote represents Jem because although he is teasing Scout, it is obvious that he is not trying to be mean and he is not trying to truly hurt her feelings. Jem is just asserting his dominance over her and making sure he comes off as mature to Scout.
"There are things you don't understand" (Lee, 28).
The most important lesson that the children have learned from Chapters 1-25 is that they should not judge others unless they know what it feels like to be in their position.
“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
Throughout the story, the children are continuously being taught lessons about making judgements and treating people equally. Both Calpurnia and Atticus have a large influence when it comes to this aspect of the children's lives because they are the main parental figures in their lives. In addition, the children are taught to live moral lives by Calpurnia and Atticus, which may be difficult for them because they are constantly surrounded by negative judgements by the people of Maycomb. Although Atticus tries to shelter his children from the extreme racism that is present in Maycomb, they are still exposed to it through their peers and many adults, and especially during the trial. Atticus reminds his children throughout the course of the trial that people may be cruel and that the world is not always fair, but they must always remember to do what is right rather than what is common or what is expected.