Why Is Education Important In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In the novel “To Kill A Mockingbird”, education is the key to playing an effective role in society. There are many situations in this book where intelligence, and even common sense, is vital to these events. Little things such as Atticus believing in himself and Tom being proved innocent are examples of how intelligence is important. One big event that takes place is when Tom Robinson is accused of raping a women named Mayella. On page 241, in Mayella’s words; “He come in the yard an’ I went in the house to get him a nickel and I turned around an ‘fore I know it he was on me.” No one thought they had a reason to not believe her, so they did. But, later in the book, Tom is proved innocent. People involved in the case did not want to believe Tom. In this time era, a black man being accused of …show more content…
Atticus taught her how to read and Calpurnia helped her learn how to write. She was ahead of the other kids when she started school. When the teacher Miss Caroline found out, she was not pleased. She said she could not be ahead of all of the other students. In Miss Carolines words, “Now tell your father not to teach you any more. It’s the best to begin reading with a fresh mind. You tell him I’ll take over from here and try to undo the damage. Your father does not know how to teach. You can have a seat now.” (Page 23.) Scout started early with getting an education, and theres nothing wrong with that. If she was ahead of the other students she could of been used as an example, not someone they frown upon. “Miss Caroline caught me writing and told me to tell my father to stop teaching me. She said we don’t have to write in the first grade, we print.” (page 24.) They made her feel like an outcast, just because she knew more than they did about reading and writing. I would have looked upon scout as an inspiration, and if I was the teacher I would tell Scout that it was not bad to already know things like