Anne Marie A. - Katelyn B. - Alexa D. - Francesca G. - Xiomara Vidal M.
To Kill a Mockingbird
Jean Louise "Scout" Finch
"Naw, Jem, I think there’s just one kind of folks. Folks.” (Lee)
this quote explains Scout well because it explains her youth and how naive she is. Even though she is surrounded by racism and negative opinions in her town, she still believes in her father's teachings about treating people fairly. She may have moments in the story where she strays away from those teachings, but she knows in her heart that her father is right. It can be assumed that she will live her life by the guidelines her father taught her and Jem because of her profound respect for him.
Charles "Dill" Baker Harris
"It was just him I couldn't stand," Dill said. […] "That old Mr. Gilmer doin' him thataway, talking so hateful to him—[…] It was the way he said it made me sick, plain sick. […] The way that man called him 'boy' all the time an' sneered at him, an' looked around at the jury every time he answered-[…] It ain't right, somehow it ain't right to do 'em that way. Hasn't anybody got any business talkin' like that—it just makes me sick." (Lee)
This quote exemplifies Dill because it shows evidence that he is different than the other children. Because of how his early life developed, he has a unique perspective of the world. He is not trapped in the mindset that Scout and Jem are, he has traveled so much that he is not biased against African Americans. His free spirit and and naive heart is broken in this scene because he realizes that the town that he thought was his safe haven during the summer is now a place of racism and hate.
"If there’s just one kind of folks, why can’t they get along with each other? If they’re all alike, why do they go out of their way to despise each other? Scout, I think I’m beginning to understand something. I think I’m beginning to understand why Boo Radley’s stayed shut up in the house all this time... it’s because he wants to stay inside." (Lee)
This shows that Jem was able to recognize the inhumanity that is in Maycomb. The trial was Jem's coming of age story when the little innocence of a child he had was taken away. He has grown up in an environment where he was told everyone should be treated equally and with respect and when he heard that an innocent man was to be put in jail he saw that not everyone had that type of mindset. Jem was most affected by this trail because it pushed him to see the reality and prejudices of those times.
This quote shows Atticus has an open mind to new perspectives. Unlike the town of Maycomb, he believes that every individual has a unique story that should be accepted by the people. He always takes into consideration the different opinions of other people even if it goes against his own views. he believes that making compromises and using peaceful ways is better than having a limited perspective on life.
“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.” (Lee)
The most important lesson that the children learned was that sometimes even if you are right, you don't always win in the end. The world isn't a wish granting factory, and good doesn't always save the day.
"'How could they do it, how could they?' 'I don't know, but they did it. They've done it before and they did it tonight and they'll do it again and when they do it- seems that only children weep.'" (Lee)