In this small town there is prejudice, racism, and hypocrisy. Growing up surrounded by these issues she learns a lot of life lessons about herself and people she knows. Scout learns many life lessons and understands life better towards the end of the book. What are life lessons? Life lessons are things a person experiences in life. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout learns many life lessons.
One life lesson would be how Scout learns her dad doesn’t really care what people think about him. She learns this when she is at school and she come home and tells her dad that people were calling him bad names. She realizes her dad doesn’t care what people are saying about him. It is hard to stand up for something when you know others don’t agree.
Her dad is independent he does what he wants and he isn’t influenced by what people say. Scout learns that her dad is a great father. Even though she doesn’t say anything you can just tell. When Scout and her dad talk in the beginning it is clear that Scout really doesn’t understand her dad. Towards the end Scout understands her dad by the way she looks at him and by the, way she talks to him.
Atticus has a large part to play in Scout’s life. He has to be the mom and dad. He has to play both parts and know what to do if something happens to Scout. Scout doesn’t learn this until the end of the book. She also learns her dad doesn’t brag. When all of the other children go to school telling each other that their dad is a hunter and caught or shot animals, Scout did have anything to say about her dad.
One day her dad kills the dog. Now, Scout knows her dad really is cool and interesting. He is just a quiet, unassuming man who doesn’t boast about his good qualities. Many children don’t understand or appreciate their parent until they grow up and mature. Scout and Jem don’t really understand Atticus until the end of the book.