Character Progression Of The Great Depression, Everyday Life For Both Children And Adults Alike Must Carry On

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Character Progression in To Kill a Mockingbird In the shadows of the Great Depression, everyday life for both children and adults alike must carry on. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Jean Louise Finch, dubbed Scout by her close friends and family, recounts the tale of her brother Jeremy Finch, nicknamed Jem, and how his arm is injured. However, through the recollection, the children encounter prejudice, appearance vs reality, and grow as people. Lee appropriately uses the character progression of Atticus Finch, the children’s father, to show that a parent’s job is to teach his children compassion and understanding, and the development of Jem to show that experience has a heavy impact on maturity.
Atticus Finch is the intellectual and well versed father of Jem and Scout. Throughout the novel, he endlessly aids his children on their journey through the wilderness of childhood in the hopes that they emerge from their cocoons and prosper in the adolescent world. For Scout, he enforces that “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 39). Through the young girl’s educational struggle, Atticus is able to teach the importance of understanding and respecting the situations of others. Then of course, there is Jem, 4 years senior to Scout and struggling with the transition into young adulthood, he learns one of the most valuable lessons one can. Atticus somberly…

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