Maturity In To Kill A Mockingbird Analysis

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Register to read the introduction… Maturity is shown throughout many parts of To Kill a Mockingbird, especially after the trial and everything the town has been through. One way maturity is shown is when Scout Finch beat up Walter Cunningham because he ruined her first day of school. Even though Scout stuck up for Walter and explained to Miss. Caroline that he is too poor to afford a lunch and shoes. Miss Caroline said, “You’re starting off on the wrong foot in every way, my dear. Hold out your hand” (Lee28). Miss. Caroline got Scout in trouble for speaking up and hit her with a ruler for punishment. Scout blamed Walter for her getting in trouble so decided to beat him up during recess. When Atticus Finch got her in trouble for what she did, she soon realized that wasn’t the right thing to do. Another way maturity is shown in this novel is when Robert Ewell was angry about the way Atticus made him look on the stands, so on his way to the post office Bob Ewell spat in Atticus’ face. Bob told Atticus he would get him if it took him the rest of his life. “When a man says he’s gonna get you, looks like he means it” (292). Bob was mad about the trial and that Atticus …show more content…
People came to realize near the end of the novel that black people aren’t any different than the white. The first way racism appears is when Aunt Alexandra wanted Calpurnia to leave because she was black and she didn’t think she was needed anymore now that she was there. Atticus stands up for Calpurnia and says, “Alexandra, Calpurnia’s not leaving this house until she wants to. You may think otherwise, but I couldn’t have got along without her all these years…” (182). Calpurnia had to teach her kids how to read and write because education is segregated and there is no school for black people in Maycomb. Another way racism appears is when Tom Robinson was accused of raping Mayella Ewell, but really he was an innocent man. People assumed that just because Tom was a black man that he was guilty. Mayella Ewell says, “I don’t know how he done it, but he done it- I said it all happened so fast I -” (Harper249). Cecil Jacobs declared that Scout Finch’s daddy defends niggers. Francis, Alexandra’s grandson tells Scout that Atticus is a nigger-lover. During the trial the African Americans had to sit separately from the whites, and it was an all-white jury. The have a large amount of evidence in favour of Tom Robinson proving that he is innocent, but they do not go through the evidence with an open mind due to the fact that he is black. The last way racism appears is how Dolphus Raymond is not accepted to either the blacks or whites communities because he has half-black, half-white children. He drinks from a bottle covered by a paper bag to give the impression to fellow white southerners that he is a drunk, a morally weak man who is too afraid to stand up for his beliefs. However, as Dill discovers when he takes a sip, Dolphus actually drinks Coca-Cola from the bag. Jem says, “How c’n you stand to get drunk ‘fore eight in the morning?” (211). His purpose for appearing to be a drunk is to

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