Demonstrating the Golden Rule in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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This statement expresses the "Golden Rule" of treat others how you want to be treated. Throughout the novel, Atticus's words demonstrated the Golden Rule. Others in the novel, such as Scout and Jem Finch, Atticus's children, learned the Golden Rule from Atticus's words and actions. Atticus Finch demonstrates his words of, "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," throughout the novel. For example, Mrs. Dubose always speaks poorly of Atticus and all the decisions Atticus decides to make. However, Atticus is always looking for ways to excuse her poor behavior and even goes as far as making Jem read to her and complimenting her every time he sees her. This does not stop Mrs. Dubose from deteriorating Atticus's reputation and character until her death. Atticus also uses the Golden Rule when he decides to help the case of Tom Robinson, an American African accused of rape. Atticus treats Tom Robinson how he would want to be treated. Atticus knows he is going to lose th case due to the extensive amounts of racism in the county. However, this does not stop him from trying his best for Tom Robinson, as he would want others to do for him if he was…

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