Essay on Boy In the Striped Pajamas

Submitted By Gracenacelo1
Words: 1956
Pages: 8

Scout Finch’s Journey and Destination to Maturity Innocence is the state of everyone’s lives where everything new is a mystery and must be discovered as soon as possible. Children maintain their spectacular and innocent knowledge in spite of things such as their anxious observations of their parents and other adults that begins to The plot of the novel sums up Scout Finch’s transition from innocence them with unfairness, injustice and the typical hypocrisies fashioned by adults; and is taught to the children during their growth. The plot of the novel sums up Scout Finch’s transition from innocence them with unfairness, injustice and from Scout’s fascination with Boo Radley, her encounters with racial prejudice and various images of courage, one would believe that at the end of the novel Scout’s mindsets on life have definitely developed very much like a grown up. At the start of the novel, Scout is not exposed to any sort of evil, but as the plot progresses she learns many things. Scout, her brother Jem and the other kids in the neighbourhood are terrified of Boo (Arthur) Radley and picture him simply as a monster who never leaves his home, “Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom” (p.8). Because the kids and the townsfolk have never really seen Boo, they make wild assumptions of him such as Jem’s description, “he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch...teeth he had were yellow and rotten” (p.13). Although Scout believes these rumours, she starts becoming aware that Boo Radley is an actual person after all, but one step at a time. He leaves a spelling bee medal and other gifts in the tree for the Scout and Jem but Scout overlooks this and still somewhat thinks Boo as a mentally deranged monster. It is not until Boo shows kindness towards Scout when he covers her with a blanket on the night Miss Maudie's house is burnt, which changes her opinions on him. Boo disappears for a couple of months and over time, Scout’s curiosity of him turns her facets of Boo as a monster into a neighbour who is pure of heart. Later on, he unexpectedly returns when he saves her life at the end of the book. “I was beginning to learn his body English. His hand tightened on mine and he indicated that he wanted to leave” (p.278). This is where Scout comes to accept who people are and not for who she wants them to be. She fully attains to her father’s significant advice in the beginning when he says to understand a person, you had to walk around in his skin. When Heck Tate comes to the Finch’s for assistance he decides to cover up the fact that Boo stabbed Mr. Ewell for attacking the kids. Heck decides to keep it this way in a conveying matter for Boo; he knows Boo would prefer to not draw attention to himself and it would be unfortunate if Boo were to be convicted of murder since he has enough problems to begin with. Scout understands Heck’s decision, “Mr. Tate was right... Well it’d be sort of like shootin’ a mockingbird, wouldn’t it?” (p.276). This shows that she sympathizes to Atticus’ nurturing advice; it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird. She comes to realize that it is wrong to act cruelly to those who are innocent. At this point, Scout accompanies Boo Radley to his front porch, just like he asked her. Furthermore, Scout has learned a number of morals from the black community of Maycomb. For instance, the Finch’s black maid Calpurnia who has been with them for years. “She had been with us ever since Jem was born, and I had felt her tyrannical presence as long as I could remember” (p.6). Calpurnia plays an important role in the family because she has played the mother role for Scout and Jem since their mother died. She is a great example for Scout’s growth and development because her values of life and respect stay constant. When Walter Cunningham comes over for dinner, Scout makes a rude comment on the fact that he pours molasses all over his food so this calls for Calpurnia to step in, “She was furious ...Atticus said