To Kill A Mockingbird Empathy Analysis

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from their point of view-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (p.30) The novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee includes a plethora of essential themes that make one think deeply. The story takes place in the 1930’s when segregation tensions were high. The narrative is told through the eyes of a young girl, Jean Louise (Scout) Finch. Scout’s father, Atticus is a lawyer fighting a case for an African American man named Tom Robinson. Throughout the novel, both Scout and her older brother Jeremy (Jem) Finch learn many life lessons that are crucial for all children to learn about. One fundamental lesson learned by the children, is the lesson of having empathy.…show more content…
Another instance where the children learn to have empathy for the Cunninghams, is when their father gets paid by Mr. Cunningham. Instead of getting paid with money, Atticus is paid with goods from the Cunningham’s farm. Scout and Jem are puzzled as to why Atticus would rather get paid in goods instead of cash, but they soon find out why. ”Why does he pay you like that I asked?” “Because that’s the only way he can pay me. He has no money.”(27) Atticus and the kids understand that the Cunninghams don’t have much to give. They understand that they need help, so they have empathy and accept the goods as a form of payment. Through their experiences with the Cunninghams, the children learn to have empathy and acceptance to those who struggle with income. Next, Scout and Jem learn how to have empathy for those who are misunderstood. Scout and Jem learn this through experiences with Boo Radley. Everyone in Macomb makes Boo out to be a mysterious and extremely dangerous, animal-like individual. The kids hear new rumors daily about Boo, and they begin to get curious. Scout, Jem and Dill all try to spy on Boo. They are determined to get him to come out of his house so that they can see the monster that everyone claims he is. Atticus soon catches on to what the kids are doing. He tells the kids that they need to leave Boo alone. What they hear about Boo

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