What is a lesson in friendship in the novel To Kill A Mockingbird?

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There are several lessons on friendship on To Kill a Mockingbird. Harper Lee created characters that are so compelling and complex. There are so many life lessons we can learn from even today.

The most fascinating and endearing friendship in the novel, is the friendship between Scout, Jem and Boo. Although the friendship is not the traditional one we think about today, it is the friendship that will make sacrifices for each other. Jem, Scout and Dill spend most of their time trying to find a way to get Boo to come out of his house. This consumes them much of the time. When Jem and Scout see the presents in the knothole of the tree, they are at first confused about who they are for. Boo is trying to show the two of them how much he cares about them. The night of the fire, when Jem and Scout are standing on the sidewalk, Scout is shivering because she is so cold. When Atticus comes to get the children, he accuses them of leaving the spot he had told them to stay in. They both say they didn't go anywhere, and he asks them how Scout got the blanket around her shoulders. Boo had put the blanket around her to keep her warm. When Jem gets his pants stuck and torn in the fence behind the Radley house, he returns to get them and finds them folded and mended. Boo is watching out for the kids. He feels extremely protective of them. At the climax of the story, Boo risks his own life to save Jem and Scout. 

The friendship between Jem, Scout and Boo is one of the most beautiful friendships in literature. Boo is willing to lay down his life for the two of them. This is what a friendship is all about. Harper Lee teaches us not to judge someone who may be a little different, they just might end up being the best friend you can ever have.

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