To Kill A Mockingbird Essays: Scout's Journey

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Anna Kim English I Mrs. Craven December 16, 2010 Scout’s Journey People all around the world need to learn to put themselves in another’s shoes. By doing so, we can tell why we feel angry, happy, or confused when we don’t understand why they feel that way. Sometimes, we might also need to literally put ourselves into their positions such as trading partners for a project, trying to wear their shoes, or trying out their clothes. Then we can tell why they like the partner so much, how uncomfortable their shoes are, or how soft their clothes are. In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Scout’s father Atticus, as her guide, sends her on a rite of passage to “walk in someone’s skin and walk around in it”(30). This journey helps her mature…show more content…
During the trial of Tom Robinson, Scout notices that even if Mayella was lying in court during her testimony, “she must have been the loneliest person in the world” (191). Mayella always asked Tom Robinson to come over to her house and help her fix things or chop things down just because she wanted a friend. She was always lonely in the house since her siblings were too young to be her friend and no one in Maycomb wanted to be her friend since the Ewells had a bad reputation. Furthermore, Scout got to literally put herself in Boo Radley’s shoes; a man who stayed in his “haunted” home all day. When she was leaving Boo Radley’s house from walking him home because he had saved her life, she noticed “to her left of the brown door was a long shuttered window. [She] walked to it, stood in the front, and turned around” (279). When she stood on his windowsill, she tried to imagine what he saw when Atticus shot a crazy dog, Scout, Jem, and Dill enacting a strange drama of their own, and Scout ending up in front of Boo’s house when she was rolling down street in a tire. She noticed that to Boo Radley, those events seemed strange and unusual since he wasn’t informed with the latest news. She learns that she must put herself in others’ shoes to comprehend the situation and feel what others
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