Love Essay

1027 WordsNov 11, 20145 Pages
Empathy is the ability to understand someone by relating with what they are going through, and to put yourself in their shoes; which is a principle we all find hard to do. To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, one of the characteristics is empathy. The lessons we learn accumulate over time to create who we are. The earlier we learn these lessons, the more effective they are. Having the help of someone who already knows these lessons is helpful. Empathy is a virtue that not all people have. To be able to understand other people’s feelings, motives or situations takes a lot of effort since we live in such a judgmental society. The first lesson Scout learns is empathy. Scout struggles to learn this lesson, but she masters it once she does. “My stomach turned to water and nearly threw up when Jem held out the blanket and crept toward me,” Scout is very immature at this time. She acts as if the blanket is poisonous and has cooties. She doesn’t see things from Boo’s point of view. Boo is just an innocent man that enjoys watching the neighborhood kids play. He puts a blanket around Scout because it’s a cold night and he just felt it was the right thing to do, but Scout doesn’t take it that way because she hasn’t learned empathy. “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,” It isn’t until the end of the book that Scout fully understands empathy. As she stand on the Radley porch and looks out on the neighborhood, she sees what Boo has seen. She sees things from his perspective and feels sympathy for him. During the novel Jem develops a high level of emotional intelligence that allows him to understand the situation of others, as well as what they may be thinking or possible the way they will act. We first discover this characteristic about Jem when he

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