The Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines knowledge as, “the sum of what is known; the body of truth, information, and principles acquired by humankind.” In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, the importance of knowledge, in all of its forms, is easily one of the most vital messages that Lee attempts to impart upon her audience. In Maycomb, Alabama, the primary setting of the story, the majority of the town’s population possesses ignorance, making knowledge not only a rarity, but also a more prominent message that Lee conveys. Lee tries to relay the art and importance of knowledge through her words, and the lives of Scout, Jack and Atticus Finch reveal that knowledge is imperative to the growth of one’s maturity, and every day a new
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Later, he remarks to his brother, Atticus, “Your daughter gave me my first lessons this afternoon. She said I didn’t understand children much and told me why. She was quite right” (Lee 87). By relaying this information to Atticus, Jack conveys that he obtained important knowledge from his niece. The scenario of Jack learning from Scout exploits the valuable lesson that youth can also teach adults. When Jack talks to Scout, she also asks him what the definition of whore-lady is. He goes into a deep story that has nothing to do with the term. As he’s telling Atticus about this later on that night, Atticus shakes his head and teaches Jack that he should always give an honest answer to a child when they ask a question, whether or not it be awkward for him (87). As a result, Jack gains knowledge about children from Atticus’s wisdom. This lesson helps him understand what he needs to do differently next time a similar situation occurs so that he can properly prepare and educate a child on a certain topic. The character of Jack Finch both takes and receives lessons of knowledge during his time with his brother and his brother’s two children.
Through a demanding trial and the raising of his children, Atticus Finch both obtains and conveys important knowledge. Following the first day of school, Scout comes home and sits quietly on the porch. When Atticus notices something is wrong, he goes to talk