To Kill a Mockingbird Essay

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To Kill a Mockingbird In the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee the protagonist Atticus Finch preaches to his daughter; “First of all, if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along 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” This statement is a pinnacle in ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ so much is learnt and expressed through it and so many decisions and actions can be related to it. There is an obvious distinction between the characters in this novel who do have the unique ability to use this skill, and use it wisely, and those who do not possess this skill, those who hold no compassion or empathy. One character who certainly does possess this skill is Atticus himself, the father figure filled with courage and compassion within the novel. The above statement is something that Atticus preaches to his daughter, Scout. He believes that you cannot truly understand why a person does what they do, or feels a certain way, unless you put yourself in their position... and ask yourself... ‘What would you do?’ ... the answer will most likely be exactly the same. In the beginning, Scout is confused and sometimes puzzled by the many actions of other people, she cannot understand why they are making a certain decision, or taking a certain path. This is when Atticus steps in and explains to Scout, that not everything is as it seems, you do not know what people are truly thinking or feeling within their minds, what battles they themselves could be facing in life. A great example of this is Mrs Dubose, it is only after her death that Scout and Jem find out why she acted in such a harsh way towards them, it was not because of a disliking to anyone, or any bitter hate, it was simply because of a promise to herself that she would not be a

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