What lessons did Scout and Jem learn about life in To Kill A Mockingbird? Please explain with examples.

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Scout's narrative provides many examples of learning experiences for both of the Finch children. Many revolve around Atticus' suggestion that they step into another person's skin in order to understand their motives. Scout and Jem both put this to use during To Kill a Mockingbird. Scout learns to be patient with her inexperienced first grade teacher, Miss Caroline. She sees that Mr. Avery, who scolds the children on several occasions, has heroic tendencies as well when he battles the flames to save Miss Maudie's furniture from the fire. She and Jem both slowly discover that Boo Radley is not a ghoul but a shy, kindly neighbor. From the Missionary Circle and a later teacher Scout discovers that people do not always practice what they preach. In Mayella, both children find that they can be both repulsed and sympathetic toward the same person. They see that town gossip is not always true when they uncover Dolphus Raymond's secret. Through the final verdict of the Tom Robinson trial, they find that justice is not always served. Through Atticus' guidance, Jem is able to see the difference in true bravery through the final days of Mrs. Dubose's life. And in the end, Scout sees once again that Boo Radley's invisible presence was omnipresent--overseeing their safety in their small but not always explainable world.

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