To Kill a Mocking Bird. Atticus teaches Jem and Scout many important lessons through out the book.

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To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is about siblings Jem and Scout, their father that is raising them, and all of their friends. This book discusses the different sides of human life and the many faces of racism. Atticus teaches Jem and Scout many important lessons through out the book. He teaches then lessons about how to treat others and self respect. He teaches them about respect, and how to grow up. The three most important lessons that he teaches them through out the whole book are what real courage is, why fist glances are wrong, and why it was wrong to kill Tom Robinson and to put Boo in the spotlight after rescuing them.

A very important lesson that Atticus teaches his kids is true courage. Mrs. Dubose was a very sick old lady and knew her time would be up in a matter of time. Jem and Scout couldn’t see that and didn’t know why she kept on yelling rude and nasty comments at them. Jem ruins her flowers with a baton and is sentenced to read to her for a month. Soon after Jem’s obligation is fulfilled, Mrs. Dubose dies. Here’s how Atticus describes her battle: “She had her own views about things, a lot different from mine, maybe… son, I told you that if you hadn’t lost your head I’d have made you go read to her. I wanted you to see something about her- I wanted you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea that courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It’s when you know you’re licked before you begin bout you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do. Mrs. Dubose won, all ninety-eight pounds of her. According to her views, she died beholden to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I ever knew (112)”. This really shows that Atticus actually believes in what he is saying, and not just saying what ever sounds good. This made me think twice about my definition of courage is. Another example that Atticus made real courage known is in the following article. “… as I waited to thought, Atticus Finch won’t win, he can’t win, but he’s the only man in these parts who can keep a jury out so long in a case like that. And I thought to myself well, we’re making a step- it’s just a baby-step, but it’s a step (216)”. True courage can also be thought of as standing up for what you believe in. Atticus too, knew that his battle was over before he had begun, but he still began anyway. He knew that he could never win the case, even if he tried his hardest. He knew that it was the right thing to do. He knew that it was the right thing to do, because Tom Robinson was a helpless man that was asking him for his help. Robinson was relying on him, and what kind of a man would Atticus be if he refused to help? People didn’t understand why Atticus felt this way, the answer was perfectly clear, all they had to do was step into Atticus’s shoes.

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A second lesson that Atticus teaches his kids is that you need to step into someone else’s shoes and skin and walk around in it if there is a difference of opinion. The lesson: “…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 (30)”. If you don’t see eye-to-eye with a person, look at it from their point of view. Don’t automatically dismiss it as being stubbornness, pretend that you’re them, and try to figure out the compelling question of why do they ...

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