Scout’s Views: To Kill a Mockingbird
Scouts Views of the World Develops “Humankind cannot bear very much reality’ (quoted by T. S. Eliot). In the book To Kill a Mockingbird Scout faces the reality of the world. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird Lee uses the n-word to demonstrate how Scout’s view of the world develops. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird in the very beginning of the book the n-word is used innocently. For example, when Dill, Scout, and Gem are walking together they are talking about the hot steam. Gem tells Dill how to avoid the hot steam then Scout says, Don’t [Dill] believe a word he says, Dill’ [Scout] as[yes] ‘California says that’s [black people] talk…. It’s [go] role [down the hill] in the tire” (Lee 37). Scout says the n-word innocently because she is repeating the n-word from what California says. Another example is when Gem and Scout are playing in the yard when it had Just snowed in Alabama and they were making a snowman and Scout says, Gem, [she hasn’t even] heard of a [black] snowman,’ [Scout] as[yes]” (66). Scout says that she has never heard of a “black” snowman before and she says this innocently because she didn’t know the full meaning of the word.
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Another example of the n-word being used innocently is when Scout is talking to Tactics and asks; Doles Tactics] defend [black people] [that]s what everybody at school says” (75). In this quote Scout shows she doesn’t understand the true meaning because her reason for saying the n-word is that everybody at school was saying it. Overall Scout doesn’t realize that she is saying a harsh word, but she is saying it innocently and as the story goes on she will hear it turn into a much more hateful word than she already has heard it.
In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird Scout hears the n-word used in a harsh way. For example when Scout and Francis were in the backyard Francis yells at Scout, [Tactics is] nothing[g] but a [black person] lover! ” (83). Francis says this in a harsh way because he and everybody in Macomb don’t like black people and he was saying it to be harsh towards Tactics and sort of to Scout. Not a lot of people in Macomb like Tactics because he was helping a black person. An example of this would be when Gem and Scout are outside and Mrs..
Dubos says from across the street, [there] father’s no better than the [black people] and trash he works for! ” (102). This is used harsh because she is calling the black people and Tactics trash and they are not good in this world. To her it is a sin to work for black people. Also when Mr.. Lowell was talking to Mr.. Link Ideas and says, [He] [didn’t] touch her… And anti about to go with no [black person” (249). Mr.. Lowell is saying this in a harsh way because she is black and says it as if he is disgusted by her race.
From these examples Scout hears the n-word used in a harsh way. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird Scout hears the n-word change again from a harsh word to a hateful word. For example when Mr.. Tate was talking to Judge Taylor and Tactics and says, Some [black person] [ha]d raped [Mr.. Else’s] girl,” (167). When Mr.. Tate says this he uses it in a hateful way because Mr.. Tate said the n-word as if they all are bad people. Also when everybody in town is at the courthouse and Lowell saw] that [black person] yonder rutting[g] on Male! 173). He says this in a hateful way because he hated Tom Robinson for ‘raping’ Male. Also when Male was talking to Tactics and Tactics asks Male if she had ever asked Tom to do anything inside the fence she says no. He questions and says, [Male you] never him to do odd Jobs for [Male] before? ” then she answers, [She] might [have] there were several [black people] around” (184). Male says the n-word in a hateful like they were nothing because she couldn’t even remember who was around her at the time.
These examples show how Scout has heard the n-word be used in a hateful way. In Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird Lee uses the n-word to demonstrate how Scout’s view of the world develops. The examples above show how the n-word changes Scouts view of the world. Scout has seen the reality of the world through the course of the novel and can’t bear its harsh ways. Works Cited Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. Philadelphia: Warner Brothers Inc. 1960. Print. “Quotations About Reality. ” Quaternion. Com. N. P. N. D. Web. 30 April 2012