Morality Shapes The Person, By Sherman Alexie, And The Absolutely True Diary Of A Part Time Indian

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Morality shapes the person. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie, we see the protagonists, Scout and Junior, building their moral character throughout the story. They receive moral lessons, and they influence their life decisions. Lessons include: having to understand a person from one’s point of view, how wrong it is to destroy one’s innocence, the serious problem of discrimination, and tears don’t always mean weakness but the care.

“‘...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). After Scout’s first day of the school, she explains to Atticus how she got in trouble by explaining to Ms. Caroline (the new teacher) about different kinds of folks in Maycomb. Atticus tells her it’s going to take Ms. Caroline some time to learn more about ‘Maycomb’s way of life’. This lesson constantly appears in the book. He lets his children to stand in other folk’s position, such as Cunninghams and Ewells. One night, Scout finally meets Boo Radley and stands on Radley’s porch. Then she finally understands Boo’s vision towards the society. “Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them,” (Lee 374). This shows Scout’s maternity and final understanding of one of the Atticus’ lessons. Scout’s lesson could also relate to Junior’s…

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