In part 1 of To Kill A Mockingbird, what do the kids (Jem, Scout, and Dill) each learn?

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In part one of To Kill A Mockingbird, Jem, Scout and Dill learn several lessons which are important for them.  In part one, Jem is 10 and Scout is six and play children's games for fun.  Dill adds imaginary ideas showing that he also is at the age for children's games.  By the end of part one, Jem has learned that his father does have talents such as shooting the mad dog with one shot, that he is a gentleman,  that the courage Mrs. Dubose showed when Jem read to her was a fine example of defeating her addiction to morphine and a lesson his father Atticus wanted him to know-- that courage is "when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway."  Scout has learned at the age of six to be understanding of her teacher's mistakes, to treat her classmates with kindness when she invites them home for dinner, and that Boo Radley is not a monster, but a kind man who covers Scout with a blanket the night of the fire despite her teasing.  Dill has discovered a caring family, one in which he can participate instead of being ignored, that he doesn't have to tease Boo Radley to be accepted, and that he can also learn from watching Atticus Finch. These are all lessons which are put to good use in part two of the novel. 


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