To Kill A Mockingbird Chapter 3 Analysis

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A History of Closed Minded People and a Lack of Digging Deeper

"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." - Atticus Finch, Chapter 3 of To Kill a Mockingbird. We have all been taught, as our first essential lesson as children, that we as human beings should “treat others the way we want to be treated,” because you never know what their life is like outside of the short time of day that you see them. The action of listening and actually hearing someone else's point of view can give a person on the outside an idea of that person’s life, beliefs, and ideas, before jumping to conclusions and judging someone. History has shown that people can tend to only believe their beliefs and be closed minded toward new, different ideas that go against what they believe. An example of this is the court case against Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman. The results of Tom Robinson’s court case were not in Tom and Atticus’ (his lawyer) favor. “Judge Taylor was polling the jury. “Guilty… guilty… guilty…”, I peeked at Jem … his shoulders
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They do not think of me and my feelings so why should I think of their feelings and dig deeper? And To Kill A Mockingbird was written what? A thousand years ago? But as in Kelly’s case, the problem of a lack of digging deeper has not resolved itself in the past 55 years since To Kill A Mockingbird. So why should we stop trying to make this stop? When will we live in a world where the lesson of “ treating others the way we want to be treated”, is not the first lesson we teach toddlers. When will children be able to look around and be able to comprehend that treating others nicely is just a given. And they won’t know a time that being nice and opening your mind to other’s point of view, was not a trait you were born
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