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What are 3 quotes, with the meaning, with a life lesson in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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happy0taylor | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted July 20, 2011 at 4:43 AM via web

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What are 3 quotes, with the meaning, with a life lesson in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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amymc | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Associate Educator

Posted July 20, 2011 at 5:57 AM (Answer #1)

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I don't have your version of the book, but I can give you the quotes and the chapters.  They should not be too hard to find.

CHAPTER THREE

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.

This is a coming of age story, and Scout is learning that it is difficult to understand other peoples' lives and behaviors unless you are in a similar situation.  It is a comment upon the judgmental nature of humanity.  Life is about understanding, and Scout is learning this lesson here.

CHAPTER 10

'Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.' That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.


'Your father’s right,' she said. Mockingbirds don’t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy. They don’t eat up people’s gardens, don’t nest in corncribs, they don’t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That’s why it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.'

Scout has learned that her father is very cautious in what he calls a sin.  When she hears this said, she knows it must be true.  She learns through this example, that some people do not cause any harm to another person or to society.  However, that does not stop people from picking on them or abusing them.  She draws a parallel to racism here.  Tom Robinson has never done anyone any harm, yet he has been singled out for no reason by a white family.  She learns acceptance from this experience.

CHAPTER !!

The one thing that doesn’t abide by majority rule is a person’s conscience.

Here Scout is learning the importance of making decisions as an individual based upon her own morals and values instead of following the group and being influenced by what others do.  Clearly the white majority wants to convict Tom Robinson.  However, Scout has learned that people really only have to answer to themselves, not others.

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sanduniiii | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted July 21, 2011 at 11:55 AM (Answer #2)

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“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.” --Atticus (pg. 30)

 

“It’s not okay to hate anybody.”—Atticus (pg. 246)

“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.” --Atticus (pg. 30)

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sanduniiii | Student, Grade 10 | Honors

Posted July 21, 2011 at 12:01 PM (Answer #3)

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“You just hold your head high and keep those fists down. No matter what anyone says to you, don’t let ‘em get your goat. Try fighting with your head for a change…it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning.”--Atticus (pg. 76)

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