ELA 20 SAGE
December 27, 2017
Life Lessons from To Kill A Mockingbird
What life lessons can a book possibly teach? Regardless of where or who a man is, they are continually learning something new each and every day, either about themselves or about the atmosphere around them, be it from another person or a book. Harper Lee’s heartwarming novel To Kill A Mockingbird, teaches its readers many crucial life lessons. Furthermore, as the story progresses, readers gain a lot of knowledge from the events that took place in the book, for example, the trial of Tom Robinson and children’s fascination with Boo Radley. The life lessons were essentially taught by Atticus Finch, and the Finch’s neighbour, Miss Maudie Atkinson. Readers were educated these life lessons through Jean Louise Finch and Jem Finch. The three most important lessons taught in To Kill A Mockingbird are: courage is not simply shown in one's physical being, however should be a mental capability too, remaining true to oneself regardless of what the circumstances are, and that people should not pass judgment on others without genuinely understanding who they are.
One of the main life lessons that Atticus teaches to Scout is that courage is not only a physical trait of a person yet the mental alertness for what lies ahead down the road in his or her life. “‘Easy does it, son,’ Atticus would say. ‘She’s an old lady and she’s ill. You just hold your head high and be a gentleman. Whatever she says to you, it’s your job not to let her make you mad’” (Lee, 134). In addition, as of now in the novel, Jem is pondering on what Atticus had said to him in regards to being fearless and overcoming Mrs. Dubose's comments. At this point, Jem continues explaining how solid and courageous Atticus is when welcoming her. Atticus reliably acts amiable towards her and gives her the report of the courthouse news for that day in spite of the disturbing comments made by Mrs. Dubose. Correspondingly, Atticus can possibly be himself regardless of the situation, and approach everybody with respect despite of when he may not even have any desire to which demonstrates his comfort with leaving the norm. Readers can apply this straightforwardly to their lives by living in the direction they choose and not fearing putting themselves out there to go astray.
Secondly, one of the life lessons Mrs. Maudie educates to Scout and that Atticus lives as he is simply a living example, is remaining true to oneself regardless of the circumstances. Lee states, “Atticus Finch is the same in his house as he is on public streets” (61). Now in the book, Mrs. Maudie and Scout are having a discussion about the variety of men in Maycomb County and how Atticus does not...