How Is The Theme Of Empathy Shown In To Kill A Mockingbird

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"To Kill a Mockingbird" is a novel which portrays the social and racial injustices of the 1950's through the 1960's. Written by Harper Lee, "To Kill a Mockingbird" is a fictional story that takes place in the static city of Maycomb during a time filled with racial injustice. What starts of being a tale of a group of children having fun and playing silly games quickly turns into a captivating and dramatic story filled with the crisis of conscience, racial grievance, and a battle between a lawyer and his family against what seems like the rest of the world. This novel demonstrates many themes throughout it's assortment of lovable characters, one of the main themes displayed by these characters is empathy. Characters Atticus Finch and Boo Radley illustrate …show more content…

Harper Lee develops empathy through Atticus' involvements with Tom Robinson throughout the story and uses his actions and what he speaks of him to develop a culture of empathy. for example, on page 100 Harper Lee states, "there's been some high talk around the town to the affect that I shouldn't do much about defending this man... If I didn't, I couldn't hold up my head in town, I couldn't represent this country in the legislature, I couldn't even tell you and Jem not to do something again... because I could never ask you to mind me again." This portrays how much Atticus empathizes with Tom, he knows that this could mean the end for him and that majority of the town doesn't want him to defend Tom but if he didn't do what's right then he would lose his honor and would feel as if he didn't have the right to anything anymore. This really shows his conscience and his ability to empathize with Tom and it helps build a culture of empathy with his family by telling Scout this but also relaying the message to the rest of the town that he has to do what's right for the sake of

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