To Kill A Mockingbird Impact

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“Life’s all about moments of impact and how they change our lives forever” (Bored of Wisdom). Everyone experiences events that stick with them forever. It may be a kind gesture from somebody or possibly a tragic event. No matter the circumstances they all affect people in multiple different ways. It may teach them a lesson, a moral that sticks with them for life, or give them a different viewpoint on something that they may never have thought of before. But they all make some sort of an impact. The importance of impacts is represented in To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Scout Finch is a young girl who experiences events in her life that all teach her a lesson. These lessons help her through life conflicts and become an exceptional lady. …show more content…
Scout is a tomboy and despises wearing dresses and acting like a lady. Her Aunt Alexandra believes that she should start acting like a lady so her presence will be more feminine. At first Scout disobeys and dislikes all that Alexandra is trying to teach her. However during Alexandra’s gathering with her missionary circle, Scout begins to realize the importance of a lady. She helps Cal carry in tea, and stays with the ladies during conversation. It gets boring to Scout but she starts to understand the true aspects of acting and being a lady. It makes her believe that “After all, if Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could [Scout]” (318). As Scout and Alexandra find out the news about Tom’s death, Scout gives respect to Alexandra for keeping herself together during the rest of the gathering. Since she knows how hard it is for Aunt Alexandra to have her own brother go through such an awful situation. Atticus also impacts Scout in a powerful way with his wise character. During Scout’s life, Atticus reminds Scout to always look at things from other people’s shoes. To always respect everyone and treat everyone equally because others may never fully understand what they may be going through. This impacts Scout because it allows her to think before she acts, since she tends to judge others for their differences. Scout fully understands Atticus’s morals as she remembers “One time he said you never really know a …show more content…
Cal teaches Jem how to respect others differences no matter their conditions. Cal represents a mother like figure towards Scout, to make sure she grows up polite and responsible. When Jem invites Walter Cunningham over for dinner Scout calls out Walter for putting syrup all over his food. Since Walter’s family is poor, he does not get the luxury of using syrup as Scout does every day. But Scout does not fully understand it and thinks it is funny. Cal witnesses this and pulls over Scout to remind her “That boy’s [Scout’s] comp’ny and if he wants to eat up the tablecloth you let him, you hear me?” (32). This impacts Scout because it allows her to accept the fact that not everyone has as much as she does. Though Walter does something unusual, it does not give her the right to make him feel uncomfortable by pointing out his differences. Miss Maudie is also there for Scout when Jem is not. Miss Maudie is a kind hearted person who cares for the Finch family. When Jem needs time to hang out with Dill himself, Scout has Miss Maudie to keep her company. Miss Maudie “always wanted a smaller house” since she believes it “gives [her] more yard. Just think, [she will] have more room for [her] azaleas now!” (97). After Miss Maudie’s house burns down, she still maintains a positive attitude. This impacts Scout because Miss Maudie shows her that it is the little things in life that matter the most. Though her house burns down,

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