Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

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To learn how to empathise with others is a life lesson that many do not have the chance to fully understand. Having the ability to understand and share the feelings of another is a skill that Harper Lee explores in her novel ’To Kill A mockingbird’. She has written many compassionate and understanding characters into her novel, such as Atticus, Jem, Scout and Tom Robinson. Primarily Atticus shows empathy all throughout the novel along with Tom robinson who demonstrates an understanding of thin on a smaller scale. Although Scout and Jem do not manifest this attribute to begin with, they learn the ability to empathise through the course of the novel from their fathers lessons and experience.

Despite the fact that Atticus was continuously trying to teach Scout and Jem how to "consider things from other peoples point of view” throughout the novel, they never fully understand the concept until the end of the book. For scout it was not until the moment that she met Boo Radley that she understood how "you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them.” Scout finally started understanding that the way people are perceived and the way they actually are, are very different, and for scout "Just standing on the Radley porch was enough,” for her to finally grasp the concept. After their interaction, when she walks Boo home, she has a new understanding of empathy and how to look at different sides of a situation. Jem develops a higher level of emotional…

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