TKAM Journal Response 1
Quote: ‘First of all,’ he said, ‘If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-‘
‘-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.'”
This quote explores racism, acceptance and growing up in this quote. Atticus teaches Scout more than anyone else because Scout’s mother has passed away. Atticus is teaching Scout that she will not know what it is to be black until Scout literally turns black and lives life. Racism is a key part of the book because Atticus is defending a black man named Tom Robinson in court. The Finch family is always brought up as the “nigger lovers”. The town discriminates towards the black people just because of their color and racism is an important part of the book.
One of the main theme is growing up and Scout is always learning new things from Atticus and her peers. Atticus teaches Scout to fit in with all kinds of people in the town. Scout learns to accept all people for who they are unless she is put in the same circumstances. This is very important because a lot of people these days grow up not accepting anybody else. This habitat grows with you and later in life you will still discriminate people because you were taught differently. As the book goes on we will see that Scout takes this quote to heart.