The Themes Of Empathy In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird, a novel which teaches us many themes like empathy by always following right morals and doing what is right. Inside those life lessons the novel also teaches us something important. Readers see the power of an 8-year-old to defeat a mob, making them acknowledge what they are doing and “stand in the shoes of another”. We read that a total stranger who is isolated from society (Boo Radley) helps a pair of kids and ends up saving their lives. People do bad acts because of power, or maybe they don’t know better, or (most of the time) people choose bad because if they do what is right it isn’t going to benefit them. People who do right when it doesn’t benefit them often do it because of morals and having a conscience and knowing what is right thing to do. Throughout the novel, characters like Boo Radley, Scout,…show more content…
People who do what is wrong often see it as the easiest way to resolve a conflict. We should always see good inside everyone, but we as well following the common good and not excuse evil behavior. Everyone in the world has good inside them, even someone like Hitler has good in them. It’s immoral to always classify someone as a bad person. As Scout (a young girl) comes home after getting whipped at school, Atticus(her father) tells her “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb out into his skin and walk around it” (pg 48). It’s okay to classify someone as bad because of an action they did, always focusing on that act is something we shouldn’t do
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