How Does Lee Show Empathy In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Harper Lee’s book, “To Kill A Mockingbird” portrays Scout (Jean Louis) Finch as a tomboy who prefers attacking opponents, over using her mental acumen. However, several instances in the book show her gradually flourishing into a mature young lady. Scout displays acts of courage and empathy as will be delineated in this essay. It is said that courage is the ability to do something that frightens one. In To Kill a Mockingbird, courage is standing up for innocent people even if it means taking a risk. In chapter 2, the first act of courage is shown when Scout says, “Miss Caroline, he’s a Cunningham.” (Ch 2, pg 26) Scout, being the voice of Walter to their new teacher Miss Caroline, conclusively gets reprimanded for this action which is why it…show more content…
In Chapter 8, after Boo Radley put a blanket on Scout’s shoulders at the fire, Scout was still afraid of Boo. She failed to notice the kindness in that gesture. Be that as it may, when Boo Radley endangers his own life to save Scout on Halloween, Scout then understands what a feeble and meek person he is. Subsequently, she begins to treats him with dignity and respect. Scout finds Boo in a corner, timid, and tells him that he may see and touch Jem, “ "You can pet him, Mr. Arthur, he's asleep. You couldn't if he was awake, though, he wouldn't let you..." I found myself explaining.” (Ch. 31, pg 284) This gesticulation is an important example of how empathy has been shown, which shows Scout in growing up and maturing. Scout is able to welcome Boo Radley and treat him with kindness, by giving him what he needs. Scout developed significantly throughout the course of To Kill a Mockingbird. Her character transforms from a naive child, who sees the world in a black-and-white way , to a more courageous, empathetic person who is more mature. Scouts behaviour with Boo Radley when she meets him, displays both courage and empathy. Thus Scout is an adorable character, with, as can be seen in this essay, a great values and
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