Empathy In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Scout does not like all of the prejudices in the town, and world, all shows a lot of empathy for how young she is in this quote, “I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks,” (304) Atticus, Scout, and minor characters show the importance of empathy. Atticus always thinks about how people feel, scout shows empathy throughout the novel, especially at the end, and some minor characters show some empathy. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee demonstrates the importance of empathy. Firstly, Atticus shows empathy throughout the whole story to everyone. Atticus told scout you have to stand in someone's shoes to understand them, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb in their skin, and walk around in it,” said Atticus (39). Atticus gives the advice to scout, so Scout can show more empathy to everyone, and so she can try to understand what a person is going through in their life, and Atticus taught her how to do that. It took courage and empathy for Atticus to defend Tom Robinson. It was not normal for a person in the 1930’s to try to defend an African American, much less care about him and the case, that is real empathy. Atticus really tried his hardest to defend him, and prove Tom’s innocence, but the jury still had the prejudice of racism against Tom. Atticus is the same person everywhere, on the streets, and at home. He treats everyone one with great respect, and shows empathy for everyone, even if

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