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Throughout history people are often ranked and criticized by society An individuals nationality wealth and social status were closely looked over by societys eye Thus ones dignity would be decided based on societys opinion of them In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee the theme of human dignity is portrayed by Scout Calpurnia and Atticus This essay will analyze the theme of human dignity and describe how this novel proves that all people regardless of race social status and family history are people of worth Scout depicts the theme of human dignity by following Atticus words of wisdom and putting them to use in her everyday life She demonstrates the immense understanding that humans are to be treated equally This proves that her knowledge is well beyond her years Thankfully Atticus a positive role model is responsible for teaching her this As Atticus once advised me to do I tried to climb into Jems skin and walk around in it if I had gone alone to the Radley Place at two in the morning my funeral would have been held the next afternoon So I left Jem alone and tried not to bother him Lee 57 It is evident that Scout uses Atticus advice and her fathers words have a positive affect on her The fact that she decides not to bother Jem proves her respect and maturity Furthermore it proves that through her father Scout has developed an understanding to respect every human being with dignity and respect including her brother I never understood her preoccupation with heredity Somewhere I had received the impression that Fine Folks were people who did the best they could with the sense they had but Aunt Alexandra was of the opinion obliquely expressed that the longer a family had been squatting on one patch of land the finer it was Lee 130 It is unmistakable that Aunt Alexandra and Scout are two very different people
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