Living in a world of discrimination of every kind is unavoidable, but being that people do have a choice they can change. As individuals they can change and become more accepting towards diversity. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee guides the reader through the theme of acceptance. Atticus, Jem, and Scout know and learn the importance of acceptance throughout the novel. All three of them eventually share the same view of acceptance through equality.
Atticus’s character reflects true integrity and this integrity makes him the most accepting and equal character. First, Atticus accepts a very controversial role as Tom Robinson’s lawyer, and this shows how he doesn’t care that Tom is black. Even with a majority of the town against him, he tried his best to win the case. They may have lost, but he fought a tough battle that no other lawyer would have. Second, Atticus views the world through other peoples standpoint. Mrs. Dubose was a major aspect in this viewpoint. She may have ...view middle of the document...
Before, Jem’s newfound respect for his father, he was quick to judge everyone. His judgement varied from person to person. Consequently he became closed minded. However, tough experiences made him change his views. It was hard for him to have a father defending a black man, cut it also taught him that discrimination in wrong. He even cried after the verdict was pronounced, “It was Jem’s turn to cry”(284). After the trial was finished and had passed Jem had a falling out with Mrs. Dubose. Which resulted in him having to read to her everyday. Eventually, Mrs. Dubose passed and what she sent to Jem set him off in a rage, but Atticus reasoned with him. He soon came to understand that Mrs. Dubose wasn’t all that horrible, but just misunderstood. In sum, Atticus’s teachings pay off and Jem learns to accept more and more with each life changing experience.
Scout is more accepting than sometimes perceived. To begin, scout has a similar value system to her father’s. When she states that, “I think that there’s just one kind of folks”(304), she proves that she shares the same belief as her father. A belief that all human beings should be treated and accepted equally. Next, Scout is denied the request of inviting Walter Cunningham over for dinner, because Aunt Alexandra thinks they low class. The request itself made her gain a new sense of acceptance, but when she was denied the request the waterworks began. It wasn’t the rejected request that made her cry, but that Aunt was calling them trash. However, she was still curious about Boo, and she hadn’t really accepted him until she knew what he was like. In the last chapter she sees who he really is, and she respects that he wants to stay in his house. That respect shows her acceptance toward his secluded life style. To conclude, Scout acceptance towards diversity grows as she does.
Overall, Scout and Jem have blossomed into accepting people, for they are following in Atticus’s footsteps. Atticus’s equal treatment doesn’t cease to exist for any one person. Jem learns to view people from a more equal perspective. Scout decides to judge no individual different from another. They all eventually share the same view of acceptance through equality. Atticus, Jem, and Scout made the choice as individuals to become more accepting towards diversity.
To Kill a Mockingbird