Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

1256 Words Nov 16th, 2014 6 Pages
Children from a young age are affected by the people and things around them. In the story we see events through the eyes of scout who is 6 years old when the novel begins. As Jem and Scout grows up, they are influenced by some more characters in the story. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a MockingBird, Calpurnia, miss Maudie and Mrs Dubose are minor characters who influence the values and beliefs of Jem and Scout. Calpurnia tries her best to raise the children according to her beliefs which includes teaching the children how to act in a respectable manner. An example of Calpurnia teaching the children morality and good manners was when Scout was rude to Walter Cunningham: “Don’t matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house’s yo’ company and don’t you let me catch you remarkin on their ways like you was so high and mighty! Yo folks might be better’n the Cunningham’s but it don’t count for nothing the way you’re disgracin’ em” (p.33). As a black woman in the white town of Maycomb, she knows a great deal about being disrespected because of the color of her skin. Calpurnia 's message to Scout is to put herself in others shoes and respect other peoples differences regardless of social status. Her beliefs impacts Jem and Scout later in the story as the children begin to understand Boo Radely and see through his point of view. Furthermore scout teaches the children about courage and bravery. For example when Calpurnia took Jem and Scout to church on Sunday, she stood up…

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