Examples Of Empathy In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In Harper Lee’s Bildungsroman (or coming-of-age) novel To Kill a Mockingbird (1960), precocious six-year-old Jean Louise “Scout” Finch struggles to understand the perspective of others. She lives in a small town called Maycomb, Alabama with her brother, Jem, maid, Calpurnia, and father, Atticus during the Great Depression. It takes time for her to recognize why other friends and family act differently than her. This causes some hardships and arguments between others. Before learning about others, she sometimes (accidentally) makes the people around her feel alienated. In her novel, Lee illustrates that empathy and compassion allow for a deeper connection and builds a stronger bond between people.
Atticus is a great example of a character who shows compassion to those around him, such as Tom Robinson. He takes on Tom’s court case and defends him from Bob and Mayella Ewell. Tom was accused of raping Mayella, and Atticus did the best he would ensure their best chance of winning. He was already marginalized by society for being black and had a slim to no chance of being believed. In and out of the courthouse Atticus supports Tom in every way he can. Outside the jail, after Walter Cunningham tried to …show more content…

Atticus worked harder than ever to give Tom the best chance of winning the trial. Though the situation was poignant, he gave hope to the African American community. Scout addresses Boo’s feelings and gives him the tools to feel relaxed. She doesn’t judge him. They are there for each other. Though it may not seem like it, compassion is used almost every day. Lee used an amazing tone to express the feeling of Maycomb, the courthouse, and the Radley Home. Many people are empathetic towards one another without realizing it. Even the smallest amount of emotion can help motivate someone to continue on with life, or not give

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