Dilemmas In To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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The dilemma that Scout was presented with was unprecedented judgement towards Boo/Arthur Radley as well as colored people, she quickly learns that when she encounters evil she will not become cynical nor go along with it and let it bring her down like Boo Radley and Tom Robinson. Atticus gracefully reminds her that humans are very much capable of evil as well as good. Even though throughout the book Scout is quite the child she develops adult-like attributes due to experiencing evil and real life problems of the world. Scout chooses the route to learn from it, instead of taking the opposite direction which is to let it bring you down. The first evil encounter she is presented with is the Tom Robinson case, where she becomes aware of how horrible …show more content…
The children of the neighborhood avoid the Radley’s house at all costs. If a ball was lost in their property the children wouldn’t even dare to go get it. Scout never encountered Boo Radley at first and went along with the crowd. She judged Boo. They all thought he was crazy and mentally ill, “His father entered the room. As Mr Radley passed by, Boo drove the scissors into his parent’s leg, pulling them out, wiped them on his pants, and resumed his activities” (12 Lee). During a house fire Scout and Jem were watching them pull stuff out of the burning house. She didn’t notice when Boo radley gently put a blanket around her, since it was in the middle of the night. “You were so busy looking at the fire you didn 't know it when he put the blanket around you. My stomach turned to water and I nearly threw up when Jem held out the blanket and crept toward me” (72 Lee). She is harsh at first and learns to understand diversity with this type of judgement in her neighborhood. Towards the end she is saved by Boo Radley. She realizes he is a normal person and that she judged him wrongly, "Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough." (279 Lee). She comes to understand the pain and troubles he went through. She learned to like Boo, especially for all the gifts he left for her, saving her, keeping her warm and …show more content…
Though she as well prejudices her father by not being able to do what most of her classmates fathers can do. Atticus is old and is unable to do what most fathers would do. Scout constantly reprimands him to do something ‘fun’ with her. “He was much older than the parents of our school contemporaries and there was nothing Jem or I could say about him when our classmates said ‘My father-” (89 Lee). They seemed a bit jealous that they didn’t have a “normal” father since he never did a lot. “he did not do the things our classmates fathers did: he never went hunting, he did not play poker or fish or drink or smoke. He sat in the living room and read” (89 Lee.) Even though he didn’t do much they didn’t appreciate much of the fact that he never did anyone harm. They never quite understood until they realized he was a spectacular gunman as he shoots a rabid dog with one shot. “The rifle cracked. Tim Johnson leaped, flopped over and crumpled on the sidewalk in a brown and white heap. He didn’t know what hit him (96 Lee). Everyone was surprised, including Scout as she became aware of her father’s hidden talents. Scout as a character always seems to be a bit wrong or off at first until she really dives deep into people’s

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