Importance Of Empathy In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Having empathy for others is one of the most important things to do. To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is written from the point of view of a young girl named Scout Finch. Scout‘s dad, Atticus Finch teaches Scout and her brother, Jem many lessons in this book, like coming of age, loss of innocence, and most importantly having empathy and compassion for others. Harper Lee uses Atticus in her novel To Kill A Mockingbird to demonstrate to his kids the importance of having empathy for people. First, the lessons about empathy start when the kids start to play a game that mocks the Radley family. Lee writes “What Mr. Radley did was his own business, if he wanted to come out of the house he would. If he wanted to stay inside free from the attention from children” (65). Atticus is trying to get the children to look at this from Boo’s (Arthur’s) prospective. By saying he has the right to stay inside and not tell anyone why and not get bothered by any children. In my next piece of…show more content…
Because it was a serious situation where empathy is important. Lee writes “Senseless killing - Tom had been given due process of law to the day of his death; he had been tried openly and true; my father had fought for him all the way.” (323). This says that Toms killing was senseless. Scout says this and then realizes that the situation is very sad and she starts to have empathy for Tom. She also realizes that her father did everything he could to save Tom. My next evidence says “It was Jem's turn to cry. His face streaked with angry tears as we made our way through the cheerful crowd. “ It ain't right,” He muttered” (284). Jem was very upset when he heard that Tom had been found guilty because he knew Tom was innocent and he felt empathy for him when he was found guilty which is part of why he was crying. Because of the trial Jem and Scout both learned the importance of empathy and felt it more when the case was
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