To kill a Mockingbird, an interesting, yet lesson teaching a novel that brings out the true details of what life was really like back then in the ’30s. Jem, Scout, and Dill are just new to the world itself, at a very young age, and don’t know what they have waiting in store for them. They took a trip to Maycomb, Alabama to visit their Aunt Miss Maudie and the rest of their family. When they get used to the neighborhood they soon find out about the town’s legend, Boo Radley. A mysterious character that is known to be living in his house down the street but never seen. Later on, random appearances and hints of Mr. Radely’s presence start to puzzle the kids. Little do they know what the small town of Maycomb has to bring.
In the small town of Maycomb, Alabama lives two friends, Scout and Jem. Scout who is very intelligent for her age lives with her brother and her widowed father Atticus Finch, who is a well-known lawyer. Jem and Scout become close friends with the new kid in town named Dill who visit Maycomb every summer. Scout really shows how smart she is by bragging all the time on how well she can read, although it is quite an impressive skill Dill and Jem don’t think much of it. Since she learned to read before preschool she excels beyond all of her classmates and this is why her teacher gets bothered. “I suppose she chose me because she knew my name; as I read the alphabet a faint line appeared between her eyebrows and after making me read most of my First Reader and the stock-market quotations from The Mobile Register aloud, she discovered that I was literate and looked at me to tell my father not to teach me any more, it would interfere with my reading.”
Scout is very new to the world due to the fact that she is only 6 and has lessons to learn, this implies on why she is impatient. “First of all, if you learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view . . . until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” One major lesson that is brought upon her near the beginning of the book is to put yourself in other people’s shoes. Atticus has taught her this important life lesson because of her lack of knowledge in the real world. She uses this advice at school when her teacher was getting frustrated with her because she was to smart for the class. Scout didn’t understand why she was getting mad until she finally learned to put herself in her teacher’s shoes.
Gullible is a universal word that applies to almost everybody at some point in their lives, Scout is being deceived about the truth of Boo Radley. Word on the Street, about the Radleys’, is really convincing Scout and the way she looks at them. People are saying that Mr. Radley is a monster who hides in the shadows of his house and eats cats and kills children. In reality, he has only made a couple of appearances involving the law during his teenage years. Therefore he has been punished by his father and kept away inside his shadowy, rundown house he calls home. “Jem gave a reasonable description of Boo: Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained—if you ate an animal raw, you could never wash the blood off. There was a long jagged scar that ran across his face; what teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time.” Scout then takes this information and believes that this is the true and honest description of Boo Radley.
So although young Scout is gullible, intelligent, and impatient she still has a lot to learn and input into the real world, but with the help of her wise father and the guidance of her friends, she will be able to make a change in other peoples lives and the way they view other peoples perspective.