To Kill a Mockingbird

Youth and racism are themes represented throughout the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. 

The whole book is told from the prospective of Jean Louise "Scout" Finch. She's always curious about the things that are happening around her. Just like any child, Scout's always asking questions that are not always polite. She picks up foul language that she hears, but her father Atticus corrects her.
Scout spends a whole lot of time with her brother Jem and her friend Dill. Dill's always moving around from place to place with different people. Scout didn't believe it at first, but it happened to be true. Dill moves and Scout no longer spends time with him. He sends her a letter promising to get her after he makes enough money to marry her. ~Young love
This dress is the opposite of Scouts personality. While growing she's often told that she sould be wearing dresses instead of jeans. As stuborn as she was, she never really wore one. She always hung out with the boys and played outside.
Racism was introduced later on in the book. Scout doesn't completely understand why people act in this way, but she definantly knows something's up. They don't seem that different to her, unlike some children in the novel. While Scout was playing with one of her cousin Francis, he mentions something about Atticus being a negro lover. She then punches him and gets herself into trouble.
Atticus is the father of Scout and Jem. Outside of home, Atticus' job is inside the jurry. He's a lawyer. The novel takes place in the 1930's. People are often making judgements toward Atticus because he's fightiing for Tom in court. He does it because he thinks that it's the right thing to do. This often had an effect towards his children.
Scout did not have a mother while growing up. Jem was old enough to remember a little bit about their mother. Scout never had a female's infulence. This concerns her aunty Alexandra, so she moves in with them while Atticus was busy at work. Hoping to give Scout the chance to learn ladylike manners.
Scout was entering in to the second grade at the beginning of the book. The teacher didn't like the fact that Atticus was teaching his kids how to read. Atticus teaches Scout and Jem the importance of treating everyone fairly no matter how differemt they look from eachother.
Calpurnia is their housekeeper. She takes the kids out to an all-blacks church. Someone had a problem with the kids who were not black to the church. Calpurnia also takes care of the children while their father is gone.
Calpurnia points out that some of that the blacks weren't taught how to read and write when they were younger. So most of the blacks didn't know how to read or write, but Calpurnia was one of the lucky ones.
Towards the ending of the book, Tom dies before he is released. Bob Ewell tried to kill Jem and Scout. Jem killed Bob Ewell, but Atticus said that it was all self defense. Scout is now old enough to understand what happened. The colors in this picture shows that every person matters, aside from the color of your skin.
Scout learns that it's not so bad to act act like a lady and use her manners when she needs to. She's grown up and understands that she should use her manners outside of home and she will still always have her own personality.
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