Empathy Quotes In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses indirect characterization to show how Scout learns the lesson of empathy.
In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee the character Scout initially sees Boo Radly as a terrifying monster that causes trouble. But this was when Scout didn't understand the concept of empathy. This story takes place in a small old southern county called Maycomb. The main character whose nickname is Scout is explaining a rumor to a new friend Dill with her brother Jem about a monstrous being called Boo Radley. Scout and Jem explain to Dill about all the devious acts Boo does in the small town of Maycomb county. Scout says…¨Inside the house lived a malevolent phantom¨(Lee 10). This quotation shows us how Scout depicted Boo Radley. She didn't really see him as a …show more content…

Dehumanizing Boo Radly. Scout describes him as a ¨malevolent phantom¨ and never refers to him as a person. Which when you think about it isn't really shocking because that is how almost everyone in the town portrays him as. More evidence of Scout believing all of these awful rumors lies inside of this quote.¨Jem gave a reasonable description of Boo: Boo was about six-and-a-half feet tall, judging from his tracks; he dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained—¨(Lee 11)... This quote really stuck out to me because Jem goes on and on about how horrifying Boo Radly looks yet he has never seen him before and Scout who has also NEVER seen Boo Radley before says he gave a ¨reasonable description¨. It is quite scary how brainwashed the children are, including Scout.Another detail that reveals how much they feared Boo is ¨Radley chickenyard tall pecan trees shook their fruit into the schoolyard, but the nuts lay untouched by the children: Radley pecans would kill you. A baseball hit into the Radley yard was a lost ball and no questions

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