“Education is everywhere, prompting one to think, to consider, to remember.” – Louis L’Amour. In the story To Kill a MockingBird by Harper Lee the most two main characters throughout the book would most likely be Jem and Scout. Scout and Jem are very odd and curious children but they end up learning very important lessons throughout their childhood. They learn some terrible and awesome lessons that later help them grow up to be a better person.
The theme of this story is that education can be learned anywhere not just in schools, such as home, even in the community, also shown by Scout and Jem. Throughout the story Scout learns many lessons even ones she didn’t want to learn about not just in her school classroom. One thing out of many lessons Scout has learned was how to write cursive from Calpurnia. When it was a rainy day Scout was not allowed to go outside and to not bother Calpurnia. According to the text “Calpurnia was to blame for this. It kept me from driving her crazy on those days, i guess. She would have me do a writing task by scrawling the alphabet firmly across the top of a tablet, then coping out a chapter of the Bible beneath” (Lee 24).
Eventually, when scout was in her classroom she was writing a letter to one of her friends when Miss Caroline saw her writing in cursive and tells her to her dad to stop teaching her, and that they do not need to know how to do cursive until 3rd grade. As of this Scout learns arious of lessons that help her in her future life and right now and that not from her school. Her friends and family end up teaching her more lessons then she has in her own classroom. One other example would be that scout learns was at her own house and for how to read.
On the first day of school, Scout shows her teacher, Miss Caroline, that she knows how to read and she responds with saying, “Now you tell your father not to teach you anymore. It’s best to begin reading with a fresh mind. You tell him i’ll take over from here and try to undo the damage” (Lee 23). As atticus, her father, sits in his chair every night, he reads his newspaper and Scout crawls up onto his lap and follows along with what he reads out loud. As Scout sits home she hearns how to read more than she ever did while she was in her school classroom. One final example is that if you do not know the person personally you should not judge them at all. Such as walter cunningham jr.
. When Scout called Walter out for using all the amount of syrup he has been using, Atticus tells her “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.” (Lee 39). He lets Scout know that she can not judge anyone unless she knows who they are personally and knows what they have been through which is exactly what her teacher has not been teaching them. Throughout this story, scout has learned several lessons from her community rather than in her school classroom. Some of those lessons she has learned what not to judge people when you have no clue from what they have been through, her father teaching her to read and Calpurnia learning her how to write in cursive.
Jem also learns a lot more lessons within the community and while he is home, rather than being at school. One great example of how he learns more in the community and at more than school is how he realised people aren’t treated equally. After the court case when Atticus is speaking to Jem about Tom, he states “There’s something in our world that makes men lose their heads- they couldn’t be fair if they tried. in our courts, when it’s a white man’s word against a black man’s, the white man always wins.
They’re ugly but those are the facts of life” (Lee 295). During the trial Jems sees all the points to where he is not guilty but he later finds out that no matter what the white defendant will always win over any black person. Even though Jem doesn’t mind on going to school everyday, he would have never gotten to see this kind of treatment in his school. One other thing that Atticus learned Jem was courage. As Atticus come back home, he tells Jem that Mrs, Dubose passed away, he than later said “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 but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what. You rarely win, but sometimes you do” (Lee 149). As Atticus tries to explain to Jem that even if he knows he will lose, he wants to be all in so he can try new ideas and be able to let people go. If tries hard he can end up winning. He is learning courage all about himself and other people along with that, in with he did not learn that from an of his school teachers. My very last text evidence is always do what you want and not try to do what everyone else is doing.
As Atticus is telling Jem on how people think and say about him and how he’s wrong.