Introduction: “ You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view” Scout doesn't understand that yet. Until the ending of the book she learns that speech Atticus gave her.
I can infer the Scout is very naive by trying to make conversation with Mr. Cunningham but at the same time she is trying to apply what she has been taught by Atticus. She states, "Atticus had said it was the polite thing to talk to people about what they were interested in." Once she noticed that he did not show any interest regarding his son, she than thinks, "I tackled his entailment once more in a last-ditch effort to make him feel at home." As the reader, I can tell that she is trying to be as compassion as she can to a man who might not show compassion to others.
Despite the early introduction to this lesson, Scout doesn’t fully understand it, or at least learn it, until the very last chapter when she finally meets Boo Radley, and stands on his porch thinking about the compilation of events which make up the book, from Boo’s point of view, “Atticus was right. 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.” This shows the understanding Scout has finally had of the way people are perceived and the way they actually are. It shows that she has learnt what many
Throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, Scout is honest. Scout is a tomboy at heart and isn’t afraid to show it, and doesn’t try to be someone else. On her first day of school she explains to her teacher who Walter Cunningham is, even though it gets her in trouble.
Harper Lee portrays a man's ego as a problem in society. In her beloved novel To Kill a Mockingbird, she reveals to the reader that the more a man presents his ego, the worse he is viewed by the people around him.
Scout empathizes with Walter Cunningham during school at the beginning of the novel. Her teacher Miss Caroline offers Walter a quarter because he has no lunch. Walter’s family can’t afford lunch so he says he has forgotten his lunch money. He declines her offer, Miss Caroline can’t see why so she continues
Many times throughout the novel, Scout acts before she thinks. This is specifically shown when she says to her teacher, “ ‘Walter’s one of the Cunninghams, Miss Caroline.’...The Cunninghams never took anything they can’t pay back-no church baskets and no scrip stamps, ” (Lee 20). Scout assumes it’s her duty and Walter wants her to to explain his problems to the teacher when really it’s not her duty at all. If Scout was to take a step back and to find out how Walter sees things, she may not had to explain his issue to the teacher and instead let him speak for himself. Later when Scout and Jem invite Walter over for dinner Scout says, “But he’s gone and drowned his dinner in syrup,” (Lee
For example, Atticus explains to Scout that other people's perspectives are just as important as hers. In the book on page 39 Atticus tells Scout “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.” Atticus explains that if you don't know what a person has been through and what it is like to be like them, you shouldn’t judge what and who they are. Also on page 205, Atticus gives the reader an important lesson about being polite. It says “Atticus had said it was polite thing to talk to people about what they were interested in not about what you were interested in”. This shows that it is better to be nice and polite and not talk about yourself all the time. If we didn't teach this in schools, kids would not learn that it's not okay to be rude to people and learn that other people are just as important as you
Scout has a troublesome day at school, filled with bossy teachers and people who did not know what they are doing. As Atticus said to Scout,”- if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. 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.”
Scout stands up for Walter Cunningham and says "That Walter's as smart as he can be, he just gets held back sometimes because he has to stay out and help his daddy. Nothing's wrong with him."(p304). Scout realizes that Walter Cunningham is not the way he is by choice but because his life holds him back by seeing what it would be like to be him. When Scout goes on the Radley's porch and thinks about how things would look like through Boo's eyes she realizes "Atticus was right. 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's porch was enough"(p.374). When Scout was younger she believed that Boo was this monster because of all the rumors that were spread about him but in reality Boo is this kind man who is kind to Jem and Scout. After realizing this Scout now sees hat Atticus was right and that she she shouldn't judge someone just by things she hears and people might do what they do for a
In a red ramshackle barn, resting on the of a field, Mr. Walter Cunningham was hard at work. Mr. Walter Cunningham was repairing the roof of his barn after a branch had fallen on it. He griped onto the ladder with his muscular hands and climbed his way to the top of the barn. Mr. Cunningham was used to this hard work since he had been farming on the edge of Maycomb for many years now. The people of Maycomb looked at him as a poor farmer. He didn't have much respect from the townspeople but he did have more respect for them than the Ewells.
Scout usually never defends someone unless it’s family or Dill. After this conversation it shows that Scout learned to treat people better. She doesn’t care about class or how other people live. She justs wants a friend to play with. Later on in the book Scout becomes friends with the people she fights
In chapter 3, the relationship between Scout and Atticus is presented through the way Scout has been taught. As Scout is educated by Atticus empathy is shown from Scout as her father explains to her why she should show empathy towards others. By Atticus saying “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view ... Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.” (Page 33) Scout realises that she should try to see things from other people’s point of view to understand what they are going through. This significant part of conversation from chapter 3 shows Atticus giving Scout moral advice that takes control of her development for the rest of the novel. Lee tries to develop the character of Scout as he feels like she should be mature when facing the trial