Metaphors In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Near the beginning of “To Kill a Mockingbird”, Atticus tells Scout that she should try to put herself into someone else’s skin and walk around in them(65). Scout attempts to do that throughout the book, and finally, in the end, she gets it. This is how I perceive what this series of metaphors mean.
This metaphor isn’t the most wordy, and it isn’t in the regular simile format. Metaphors are words that mean other words. These words mean that before you criticize or judge someone, you should know what their background is, and how they came to the conclusion or action that they did. The quote is generally used to help someone feel empathy, and I think it helped Scout develop empathy, and hopefully learning to think before she spoke.
Scout attempts several times throughout the book to do what Atticus told her to do and has a few great successes, but her greatest success was at the end of the book where she walks Boo Radley back to his house after he saved Scout’s and Jem’s lives. She stood on their porch and imagined what it must have been like to be Boo, watching her and Jem playing, and growing up. She imagines him seeing “his kids” in danger, and goes to rescue them from Mr. Ewell. The quote from the book was, “One time he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.”(321) That was said by Scout in the last chapter of the book, close to the end. I think seeing her childhood go before her

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