Lessons Of Life

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Lessons Of Life To Kill A Mocking Bird written by Harper Lee deals with many basic lessons in human nature. This book exposes many issues that affect people throughout their lives such as respect for all people, the importance of a strong moral, and the harshness of life. The main character, Scout is most affected by these lessons. In the duration of this book Scout was exposed to many profound experiences which leave a lasting impression in Scout's life. Over the three years in which the book takes place, Scout learns the most important lessons of her life.

Boo Radley brings wonder, fear, and relief to Scout's heart. At first the kids think Boo is evil. He is said to eat "raw squirrels and any cats he could catch"(p.12). During the rest of the book the companions try to meet Boo and get over their fear of him. They never succeed, but Boo shows affection by leaving gifts in a tree for them.

At the end of the book he shows he is a good person by saving Scout and Jem's lives. In this instance, Scout realizes it's wrong to make assumptions of people without even knowing them.

Scout also learns about respect and the ugliness of life. This is evident when her brother has to read to Ms. Dubose, an ugly, sick old lady, who has spasm fits during reading sessions. After many unpleasant reading sessions, Ms. Dubose dies. When Bob Ewell spits in Atticus's face, Atticus walks away and says, "I wish Bob Ewell wouldn't chew tobacco"(p.217). He once tells Jem that if a white man cheats a black man, "No matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he comes from, that man is trash"(p.220). Atticus also explains that there are good...