To Kill a Mocking Bird
One of the hardest lessons in life is to walk around in someone's skin and understand what they do. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the main character, Scout, learns many lessons over the course of the book. She learns that being a woman is not all about clothes and makeup; it is about something more. And most importantly, she discovers why it is truly a sin to kill a mockingbird. In the end, the lessons that Scout learns help her better understand the people in Maycomb.
Scout learns what being a lady all is about. After a long period of time where Scout thinks being a lady is all about beauty and clothes, she begins to see lady-hood in a whole new light. Scout realizes that in order to be a lady, you need to be well composed. Also, women have to have strength and bravery, but those are different than that of a soldier in battle, because women need this strength to survive in the different environment of a household (Lee, 1988). This is an important lesson because it finally allows Scout to step outside of her box and see that womanhood isn't terrible, but instead a learning experience.
Scout also learns why it is really a sin to kill a mockingbird. When Jem and Scout get their air rifles, Atticus tells Scout to shoot at all the other birds she wants, but that it's a sin to kill a mockingbird. Later, when Heck Tate is telling Atticus why he won't expose Bob Ewell's killer, Scout confidently says it’s just like shooting a mockingbird (Lee, 1988). Scout is making connections between Boo Radley and the Mockingbird. She believes that exposing the shy Boo Radley is a sin and an act of shooting a mocking bird. This is a significant step in her development, because she is learning that to hurt or discomfort the innocent would be a sin.
In conclusion, Scout's lessons help her learn more from fellow townspeople. She learns how to be a lady and how to stop aggravating Aunt Alexandra in the process. She also learns how to understand people that she didn't understand before. And, most importantly, she discovers what it really means to kill a mockingbird.