The book, To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee is an outstanding book that has many life lessons. There are many characters that have learned these lessons in the book. This persuasive essay will talk about the lessons that Scout, the narrator had learned in the story. It will also going to talk about a situation were Scout didn’t exactly learn a life lesson. Scout had learned a life lesson on the first day of school. While Scout was in her classroom with the new teacher, Miss Caroline, it was time for lunch and Walter Cunningham, a poor kid that was in the same class as Scout, didn’t have any food to eat.
The teacher, Miss Caroline, offered Walter a quarter and he refused to take it. Scout then got up and told Miss Caroline, on page 20, “Miss Caroline, he’s a Cunningham”. Miss Caroline didn’t appreciate her yelling out like that and gave her a spanking. Scout learned to mind her business and to be more specific when trying to explain something. Scout also learned a life lesson later on that day when she had Walter Cunningham come over for diner. Jem, Scout’s brother, had made Scout invite Walter over for dinner.
When they were preparing their plates, Walter had poured syrup on his vegetables and meat. Scout asked Walter what was he doing and Atticus, Scout’s dad, shook his head at Scout. Scout replied, on page 24, “But he’s gone and drowned his dinner in syrup”. Calpurnia took Scout in the kitchen and told her that he could do whatever he wanted in their house because he was a guest and Calpurnia smacked Scout and made her eat in the kitchen. Scout had learned that guest in the house should be able to do whatever they ant to do in the house.
Scout grew from that predicament because she never judges another guest in her house again. One scenario where it seemed that Scout didn’t grow from is when her and Jem was walking by Mrs. Dubose’s house. Scout had her baton with her that Jem bought. Mrs. Dubose was one of the old ladies that lived in Macomb County. Mrs. Dubose was talking about Atticus and Jem didn’t like it, so he cut off the top of her flowers and broke Scout’s baton in half. It seemed that Scout didn’t do anything to grow from that predicament.
She was just in the middle of the conflict between Jem and Mrs. Dubose. However, Scout learned to stay calm and to not react negatively to people who act negative to you because you don’t know what they are going through themselves. In conclusion, Scout learned many life lessons throughout the book, To Kill a Mockingbird. These life lessons learned are very important to know. Some could even help people throughout their life. When reading the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, people will come by some of these life lessons that are very useful.