Examples Of Ignorance In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Ignorance is a common theme in To Kill a Mockingbird. These are all common since the book takes place in the 1930s. Ignorance is shown mostly by Scout. There are different types of ignorance in this novel. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee contemplates a common theme which ignorance therefore shows racism, sexism, and general ignorance in the book. Racial ignorance is a common theme showed through Scout. Racism in the 1930s was common and used everyday. Scout was around it everyday and came to think it was acceptable. With the trail of Tom Robinson and Tom being black, Scout is exposed to racism. Scout shows the racial ignorance when she says, “If he would have been whole, he would have been fine specimen of a man” (257). Scout’s personal …show more content…
Atticus tell Scout something that follows her through the whole book, “You never know a person until you see things from his point of view--until you climb into his skin and walk around”(39). He is saying no one will never know what is going on is someone's life until they walk around in their skin. Atticus tells this to Scout after her first day, he say this because Scout is so closed minded as to what happened. Scout’s lack of awareness, like how Mrs. Caroline felt after that day, or what it would be like in her shoes. Scout also said she didn't learn anything, but Atticus brings to her attention what has learned, and if she was in Ms. Caroline's skin she would have learned about the different families. Scout’s lack of knowledge leads her to jump to conclusion. Another example of general ignorance is when she says, “How could you hate Hitler so bad an’ then turn around and be ugly about folks right at home-”(331). At school her teacher expresses her hatred for Hitler. Scout is showing ignorance because she does not understand everything that has happen to formulate her teacher's opinion. Scout does not understand what Hitler did because this was the first time she heard of Hitler. Also saw her being racist toward African American outside the courtroom and does not understand why she hates Hitler when she is rude to the people in her home town. General ignorance is used in a broad way through the