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Never ... understand a person ... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.
Atticus is teaching Scout the importance of understanding others and their point of view. Atticus models this belief in his own life by defending Tom Robinson and protecting Boo Radley. The quote sets up the major change and growth in Scout's character that will occur over the course of the novel, as she too will learn how to do this.
This statement is Atticus's way of telling Scout that behind Jem's exaggeration there is a kernel of truth: school will become more interesting as she gets older.
When a child asks you something, answer him ... But don't make a production of it.
This statement, spoken to Uncle Jack, reinforces the idea that children understand much more than adults give them credit for. This underscores the importance of having a child narrator in a novel full of adult themes.
The mockingbird is used throughout the novel as a metaphor and symbol for good and innocent creatures. Mockingbirds represent harmless people who deserve society's protection. Boo Radley is later likened to a mockingbird.
This statement provides insight into Atticus's character. He loves his community but cannot abide injustice. Even if his actions make enemies Atticus has to do what's right.
Scout realizes that even though people do bad things, they're still human. If you can connect with a person human to human, you often can effect change.
This statement gets to the core of the novel's themes. Racism has prevented Tom Robinson from getting a fair trial even though the charges against him were obviously false. This statement continues to resonate with modern readers who see that despite America's great democracy, injustice is still commonplace.
Scout's childlike statement expresses the moral worldview of the novel that all people are deserving of equal treatment.
With this question Scout shows her understanding of Heck Tate's decision not to prosecute Boo Radley for killing Mr. Ewell since Boo acted to protect the children.
Scout shows her maturity in her newfound understanding of Boo Radley's perspective on life. As she stood on the Radley porch she was able to imagine how Boo had watched Jem and her over the years, and realized that he had come to think of them as his children.