Importance Of Empathy In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Atticus, he was really nice…” His hands were under my chin, pulling up the cover, tucking it around me. Most people are, Scout when you finally see them”(376) because once you see a person from their standpoint, you can understand them better. The novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee takes place in the 1960’s through the eyes of Scout Finch. Her father Atticus had been given a case which involved a black man (Tom Robinson) and a white woman (Mayella Ewell). He had been accused of raping Mayella. Scout and her brother Jem, learn from their father's actions. Atticus does his best even though he already knows that there is little chance he will win because of the segregation at the time. Atticus takes the case because he sympathizes with Tom Robinson. In the novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, shows that without empathy society can’t understand anything beyond their own personal beliefs and experiences. Throughout the novel, Atticus, Scout, and Calpurnia all demonstrate their understanding of the importance of empathy.
For instance, Atticus has demonstrated empathy through his actions. Atticus states, “She was the bravest person I ever knew”(149). In this quote, Atticus is referring to Mrs. Dubose struggle with her drug addiction. She had been battling many months with her drug addiction. She slowly began to take less and less. She realized that she was going to die from it and it would have been effortless just to continue. Atticus wanted to help her reach her

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