Examples Of Empathy In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Hoan Huynh
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English 1/2
15 May 2023
Empathy Essay
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.” Harper Lee”. In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird a young child named Scout is going to find out how racist Maycomb is going to be. This novel takes place in Maycomb Alabama, 1935 during the Great Depression. Scout is a 6 year old child that lives with his brother Jem and his father Atticus who is a lawyer in Maycomb. Scout develops as a character in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird when she learns to empathize with others by learning more about the Tom Robinson case, Mrs. Dubose conduction and talking to Miss Maudie to know her a bit better. …show more content…

Atticus told Scout, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view”. Scout didn’t understand why Ms. Caroline got mad at Scout when she was trying to explain why Walter Cunningham wouldn’t accept her money. When Scout realizes Ms. Caroline's situation and instead of being mad, Scout shows empathy towards her.

Scout is a character who learns from her interactions with other characters, for example, when Atticus told Scout why he made her read to Mrs. Dubose and about her condition. Scout thought that Mrs. Dubose was a vicious and horrible person, but Atticus thought the opposite. Then Atticus tells Scout that Mrs. Dubose was addicted to morphine and how Scout's reading helps her with her addiction. Also, later on, Mrs. Dubose dies being off of morphine and Atticus says Mrs. Dubose was the Bravest person that he knew. After Scout learns about all of this, her opinion changes, and she feels empathy toward Mrs.

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