What three important life lessons did  Scout and Jem learn through the course of events in To Kill a Mockingbird and how do they learn them?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

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From Boo Radley the children learn that things (and rumors) are not always what they seem. At first believing that Boo is a bloodthirsty ghoul guilty of all "stealthy small crimes committed in Maycomb," they eventually see that he is a neighbor who only wants to be their friend. By the end of the novel, Boo becomes their saviour, coming to their rescue and finally revealing himself by saving their lives from the murderous hands of Bob Ewell.

The children learn that the jury has already made up its mind about Tom Robinson's guilt, and nothing Atticus can say (or prove) will change their minds. "... In the secret courts of men's hearts Atticus had no case. Tom was a dead man the minute Mayella Ewell opened her mouth and screamed." Jem believes juries should be abolished and he questions whether "Maycomb folks were the best folks in the world" after all.

Jem and Scout discover that Atticus isn't as "feeble" as they have come to believe. He has a secret talent that he has never revealed--he was once the finest marksman in Maycomb County--but it is one of which he is not proud. His "unfair advantage over most living things" is something that shames him, partly because of his humble nature. Miss Maudie explains that "People in their right minds never take pride in their talents," and Jem wants to emulate his father. "Atticus is a gentleman, just like me!"

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mattysmalls | eNotes Newbie

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you dont jjudge somebody that you see that is scary or like tom robinson because you do not know what they are like because you havent lived there life and you dont judge someone until you have been in there shoes or in there life.

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boogey--lee | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) Honors

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1. That being brave, is continuing on dound something right even when you know you are alreday defeated

2. It is a sin to kill a mockingbird, menaing don't hurt someone else or push them down when they are already hurt or defenseless. example tom robinson, was  amockingbird, e didnt do anyhting worng but help out Mayella ewell but he was still punished for nothing he had done.

3.Dont judge someone until you have walked around in their shoes. Atticus explaiend this leasson to the kids.