Examples Of Stereotypes In To Kill A Mockingbird

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, Of Mice and Men, and LAPD Defends Muslim Mapping Effort, they all ask a similar question: Can you ever really know someone until you walk in his or her shoes? According to Atticus, a character from To Kill a Mockingbird, "People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for" (Lee 174). Thus, he claimed, “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” (Lee 30). In these quotes, the phrases "walk in their shoes" and "climb inside of his skin" means to imagine yourself from another person's point of view to understand them. This does not mean that taking on a person's point of view always result in understanding. Rather, this opens the ability to respectfully start analyzing a person's thoughts without using biases or stereotypes. "I think there's just one kind of folks. Folks" (Lee 227). In order to remove stereotypes and prejudice in this world, it is necessary to imagine yourself from a first person perspective rather than from a third person view. For example, in To Kill a Mockingbird, when Atticus was at the Maycomb County jail, defending Tom, Mr. Walter Cunningham wanted …show more content…

For example, in Of Mice and Men, when George puts himself in Lennie's shoes, he doesn't understand him. In the story, we see that George trusts and cares for Lennie. In fact, the reason why George trusts Lennie so much is because even after nearly drowning Lennie, when he was playing a trick on him, "... he was so damn nice to me for pullin’ him out. Clean forgot I told him to jump in. Well, I ain’t done nothing like that no more" (Steinbeck 21). After that, George now understands Lennie by treating him as a child, rather than like himself. "Sure he’s jes’ like a kid. There ain’t no more harm in him than a kid, neither, except he’s so strong" (Steinbeck

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