To Kill a Mockingbird Life Lessons
It’s no secret that not every student who reads To Kill a Mockingbird will not exactly jump for joy to read it. But it is not as bad as it seems, as there are some valuable things to learn when it comes to this novel. It ‘s an inspiring novel to learn from and to take in when it is thought through. This essay is about three lessons to be learned; racism, courage, and loyalty.
To Kill a Mockingbird was set in the 1930’s during the Great Depression. In this time, there was racism. Despite slavery being abolished, they still hired Negros to work for them. There were still people who strongly disliked the Negros and they were not afraid to show it. Comparing that time era to the one we live in now, racism is relatively better than what it was. It has gone on for centuries and it will never end. People who are racist tend to think they are the superior race, but that is just not the case.
Moving on to another important lesson to be learned from this novel, is courage. If people asked others what courage was, said people would probably say that it is a person who is willing to give their life to save another’s. It could range from standing up to a bully, to seeking help for a personal issue, or to overcoming an addiction. As said in the book, courage is not just “a man with a gun in his hand” (page 112), it is much more than that. A character in the book had died free from the morphine addiction and rather than letting the main characters think that courage is more about a man with a gun in his hand, the father told the children otherwise. Furthermore, courage is also not someone who uses “liquid luck”, or alcohol,as it does not bring real courage.
Finally, the last topic is loyalty, which is strongly shown in To Kill a Mockingbird. Throughout the novel and the movie, it has been noticed that the young girl, Scout, and her brother, Jem, remain loyal to their father. As the children are loyal to their father, the father is loyal to his family and values. Loyalty is where a person is faithful to commitments along with obligations, whether it is values, family, or religion. In this case, it is to family and obligations. The children will always remain loyal to their father whether they face something that should be beyond them, and the father will be loyal to his values and how he views life. Most people will say different things about loyalty, but it will always come down to the same meaning; being faithful to commitments or obligations.
In conclusion, these are some of the important life lessons from To Kill a Mockingbird. That teachers will hope their students from every generation will learn. They also hope that future generations will know a life that has no racism, no ridiculous wars, and that they will not feel like they need to question the loyalty of the ones they care for.