Scout’s own ability to understand is exceeded when Walter pours molasses all over his lunch at the Finch’s; ‘’Walter poured syrup on his vegetables and meat with a generous hand.He probably have poured it into his milk glass had I not asked what the sam hill he was doing.’’ Scout is unable to accept what Walter was doing as it was against etiquette she had learnt previously.Atticus states in Chapter 3 that ‘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 can be interpreted as Atticus saying that Scout and Jem should not prejudge another person without knowing their circumstances and experiences.
Scout’s own ability to understand is exceeded when Walter pours molasses all over his lunch at the Finch’s; ‘’Walter poured syrup on his vegetables and meat with a generous hand.He probably have poured it into his milk glass had I not asked what the sam hill he was doing.’’ Scout is unable to accept what Walter was doing as it was against etiquette she had learnt previously.
I ran along, wondering what had come over her.’’ Scout is surprised at this as Calpurnia had never openly expressed her concern for Scout’s wellbeing previously and always seemed to be harsh on her; however this was proven to just be a facade.
Scout overall was too caught up in the tunnel vision of her own perspective that she was not able to see that Calpurnia was hard on her because she cares about her.
The characters show how much Scout still has to progress and also hints at the main moral of the story which is to not prejudge anyone before all of the details are known about them.
It also foreshadows to further exploration into the theme of prejudice and the negative effects they have on Maycomb society.
Scout is not able to understand the true reason for her teacher’s dislike to her ability of reading and writing as she is not able to look beyond her own beliefs.
Miss Caroline told Scout off as she did not want one student to have an unfair advantage over the others and so was actually trying to look after the feelings of the other students in her class.Scout immediately stereotypes the woman according to her dress sense and style assuming that she would be kind and sweet as she ‘’looked and smelled like a peppermint drop’’.However Scout later learns that Miss Caroline is a stern teacher and abides strictly by the rules.Scout also forgets that Miss Caroline is unaware and ignorant to the class system in Maycomb and the town social customs as she is originally from Alabama.This is shown during the conversation between Miss Caroline Scout and Walter as she offers him money for lunch which he promptly refuses, and to which Scout replies ‘’Miss Caroline, he’s a Cunningham.’’ Scout is naïve and assumes that Miss Caroline would understand what she meant by the phrase as any other Maycomb citizen would gather the reason as Walter cannot pay Miss Caroline back.Scout’s perception of Calpurnia, the Finch’s housekeeper, changes during chapters 2-3.At the beginning of chapter 2, Scout describes Calpurnia in a negative manner saying that she is stubborn and comments that she was ‘’breaking into her new grudge against Calpurnia’’.She believes that the way Walter ate was wrong and assumes that she is of higher status and class as she is a Finch and he is a Cunningham.However Scout later learns from Calpurnia that just because someone’s different does not mean she gets to judge them, ‘’Don’t matter who they are, anybody sets foot in this house’s yo’ comp’ny, and don’t let me catch you remarkin’ on their ways like you so high and mighty! In conclusion, the idea of prejudice is explored through several characters in order to highlight the nativity of Scout as she is only a six year old who still has a lot to learn about Maycomb County and its residents.Prejudice in To Kill A Mockingbird In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, there are three types of prejudice shown.The three I will be dealing with in this essay are gender prejudice, racial prejudice, and social class prejudice.