To Kill a Mocking Bird Essay

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Seeing things from other peoples perspective The book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee teaches the reader about what it would be like to grow up in Maycomb Alabama in the 1930s. Atticus Finch is a defense lawyer who is doing his best to raise his two children, Jem and Scout, after his wife dies. The children live in a household where there is a black woman in the kitchen and no discrimination is allowed. This is because Maycomb succeeded from the union during the civil war times and is now full of racist whites. Most of the townspeople are upset with Atticus for defending a black man in court who is accused of raping a white woman, besides the black community, his children, and others who support his decision. Throughout the story Atticus uses the trial to his advantage by teaching his children life lessons and giving them advice. Scout, Atticus’ youngest child and only daughter, is often unsure of why people act a certain way, change, or why something happens. The most important piece of advice Atticus gives to Scout is to put herself in other peoples shoes, which she does with Ms. Caroline, the angry mob, and Boo Radley. Scout tries to make sense of things when her father explains to puts herself in Ms. Caroline’s shoes. After Scout’s first day of school her teacher, Ms. Caroline, embarrasses her in front of the whole classroom when all she is trying to do was help a classmate. It starts when Walter Cunningham does not have a lunch because he “forgets it” so Ms. Caroline offers him a quarter so that he can go eat down town. After Walter does not take the money Scout stands up for him by saying to Ms. Caroline “you’ll get to know all of the country folks after a while. The Cunninghams never took anything they can’t pay back. Walter hasn’t got a quarter at home to bring you.” (Lee 26,28). She says this because Ms. Caroline is new to Maycomb and does not know

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