A double entry journal of "To Kill a Mockingbird"

From the book
My own reflections
Atticus and Scout

The relationship between Atticus and Scout

"It was times like these when I thought my father, who hated guns and had never been to any wars, was the bravest man who ever lived."

I thought the relationship between Atticus and his daughter, Scout, was admirable and sweet. Many might get the impression that he’s a bit cold and stiff as a father, but he’s actually very kind and gets the respect he deserves from Scout. It seems to me like Atticus want's Scout to somehow be prepared for a world where there aren't always equal rights etc. I get this impression because he doesn't treat Scout like a normal ten year old. He talks to her in a way he would usually talk to other adults.  Atticus has worked hard for Scout to be able to stand up for herself. This succeeded of course, considering she always stands up for herself and her nearest family and friends.
Self realization:

“Atticus was right. One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.”
When Scout was little, she was told by her father that she should never judge somebody before she had walked in their shoes. There was especially one person she wasn't supposed to judge, and that was Boo Radley. Scout never understood why she had been told this, but many years later she learned why her father never had judged Boo Radley. He had never judged him because he lived after the same rule as Atticus did; to never judge somebody.

"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view... util you climb into his skin and walk around in it."

An important theme in this book is whether people are good or evil. I would also say that the importance of not judging people is a theme as well.

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