Moral Development In To Kill A Mockingbird

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The changing and growth of children throughout their life is an inevitable thing that will happen. Scout Finch from the novel To Kill a Mockingbird is not only a child subjected to the age of racism and Jim Crow Laws, but narrated the horrible events that go on throughout. The time that they lived in after the abolishment of slavery subjects them to extreme bias on the way they viewed blacks and other races either for the better or worse. Some ideas and examples and good evidence for the cause of how Scouted morals are effected. Scout, a little girl growing up into a lady will make many important changes, and being in the South during the 30’s could be a harsh environment to soak up as a young girl. Growths and moral development were made …show more content…
Ewell based on the way people view them as people and how they turn out to be opposites. Tom Robison is just a good example of how a Black man can be viewed as a bad person and be good in the end, and Mr. Ewell is the opposite, being viewed as a fine white person and then ending up trying to being a murder and lying in court. “if I would have gone alone to the Radley Place at two in the morning, my funeral would have been held the next afternoon.” (Lee).Scouts thought of Boo are negative due to the fact that she knows nothing about him. As a young girl in the beginning of the book Scout is quoted saying some outrageous remarks that suggest crazy things about Boo,there are some things she says that is no way can be known for sure. Scout tells how Boo kills squirrels and eats them for his meals, later in the book I think that she grows out of the fact that she doesn’t know everything. Scout learns a valuable lesson when she witnesses the case of Tom Robinson, at first she only sees a black man that committed a bad crime. Soon I think Scout realizes that through the power of someone like her own Father defending him, by choice, that Tom Robison is not a bad man and is not automatically guilty like his case made him seem. Just like the defense of her father helped her make the judgment Tom wasn’t so bad, the saving of her life by Boo Radley from Mr. Ewell helped her see the good in a man she knew nothing about. The comparison between both people also …show more content…
Jem is a good example for how his morals on the way he viewed blacks changed for the better, but they changed more drastically than Scout’s. Jem attended the trial with his sister and became very in tuned and paid close attention to evidence detail. The way things went in the trial left Jem hurt “ It was Jem’s turn to cry. His face was streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd.” “it ain’t right.” (Lee).Scout was in attendance of the trial just as Jem was, but the way that Jem understood the trial was different from Scout. Many times throughout the trial Jem was criticized for having his young sister at such a vulgar trial, to which he responded “She doesn 't understand”. Jem was not concerned that Tom was going Black vs. White nor did he worry that Tom was Black to begin. The way that Tom was convicted hurt Jem, because he realized that through his new found morals, Tom was innocent. Jem is also explained to have become very emotional when he review the news of Toms death in jail. Scout has changed morals for sure, but when Tom was shot in jail Scout wasn’t affected as hard, based on how she reacted you could tell that she just wasn’t sure what to

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