What are three "life lessons" that Scout learns throughout the novel? How does she learn them? I would appreciate quotes and page numbers if possible!

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cldbentley eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Here are three:

 1.  Things are not always what they seem.  Mrs. Dubose seemed only to be a mean old lady, but Atticus reveals that she was actually an addict and had a great deal of honor and strength, which showed in her determination to die free of her addiction.  Arthur Radley also seemed to be a strange and scary person, but the truth of his kindness was revealed through his actions, such as giving gifts, covering Scout at the fire, and saving the children from Bob Ewell.  Atticus is not only a lawyer and a gentleman, but also an excellent marksman.  To all who care to notice his outward appearance, Dolphus Raymond appears to be a drunkard, but he explains his actions to be merely a way to allow him to live as he chooses. 

2.  Treat others as you would like to be treated.  Once Scout realizes that she, Jem, and Dill have "tortured" Boo Radley by trying to force him to communicate with them, she is ashamed at how they have treated him.  With some insight into his life, she and Jem realize that they would not want to be treated as they had treated him.  Scout's and Atticus' interactions with the Cunninghams teach the same lesson.

3.  Don't be afraid to do what is right.  The ultimate example of this adage is Atticus Finch's defense of Tom Robinson.  Atticus knew that his actions could seriously affect his life and the lives of his children, but he chose to abide by his personal morals and do what he knew to be the right thing to do. 

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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