Overcoming Obstacles In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Overcoming Obstacles Wayne Gretzky, a former professional hockey player, once said, “You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take.” To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, emphasizes how important it is to overcome the many obstacles life throws. The novel mainly revolves around Jean “Scout” Louis Finch. Throughout the novel, the young girl faces an abundant amount obstacles and challenges. She has a neighbor named Arthur “Boo” Radley. The novel is set in the 1930’s in Maycomb, Alabama, during the Great Depression. The town of Maycomb is very harsh when it comes to being different. They say what is on their minds, and they do not care what other people may think. They think Boo is a crazy man who will not take a step outside. Tom, a man Atticus …show more content…
Segregation at this time is a huge problem. The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee uses characterization to display the difficulty of overcoming obstacles in a racist community through many characters. First, Scout has a hard time accepting the way others act and behave. One day, Scout has a hard time accepting why Miss Caroline, her teacher, is so rude to Walter Cunningham, of whom is a Cunningham in her class. The Cunninghams do not own an immense amount of money. Scout gets home and Atticus explains, “you never really understand a person until you consider things from [their] skin and walk around in it” (Lee 39). Atticus, at the time, is implying that Scout needs to put herself in Walter’s skin and try to view society how he sees it. This quote has much more meaning later in …show more content…
many obstacles in To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout was lying on the ground after her school play. She had been hearing Jem yell at her vociferously, but then it went silent. She then saw that, “[a] man was walking with the staccato steps of someone carrying a load too heavy for him. He was going around the corner. He was carrying Jem” (Lee 352). It was a solace that Boo rescued Jem and Scout because Bob would have instigated a murder in the town of Maycomb. That night, Boo overcame the obstacle of the outside world. He had been inside for so long. He overcame his fear and went outside and saved Jem. He fought off and killed Bob, even though he knew there would be grievous rumors spread about him, he still saved Jem. After taking Jem to the Finch house and talking about the situation that went down, it was time for Boo to go home. He asked Scout, “will you please take me home?” (Lee 372). Scout thinks to herself, “He almost whispered it, in the voice of a child afraid of the dark” (Lee 372). Boo, once again, went outside and faced the town of Maycomb. He overcame his fear and walked back home. Throughout the novel, Boo faced and overcame many

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