To Kill A Mockingbird Character Analysis

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Harper Lee and Empathy in “To Kill A Mockingbird” By Tanaka Rwodzi In Harper Lee’s critically acclaimed magnum opus “To Kill A Mockingbird;” Lee emphasizes her view on the importance of empathy through how she depicts empathy in regards to the characters Scout, Tom Robinson, and Atticus. “To Kill A Mockingbird” is a novel shown from the view of Scout, a young girl living in the sleepy town of Maycomb, Alabama in the 1930’s, and her and her brothers escapades; mainly their captivation over an elusive local resident who doesn’t leave his house, and the drawn-out process of a court case against a black man, Tom Robinson, who is falsely accused of rape. Throughout the novel, Harper Lee emphasizes the importance of empathy to her through how she depicts empathy in regards to the above-mentioned characters. Atticus Finch is perhaps the most empathetic character in “To Kill A Mockingbird,” and one of many examples of this is how he empathizes with black characters in the book. We can observe Atticus’s empathy towards the black community through how he raises Jem and Scout, his respect towards Calpurnia, and his willingness to defend Tom Robinson. Atticus raises Jem and Scout differently than most parents in Maycomb, among these differences is how Atticus approaches the issue of race. He raises the children without the racist ideals and values of the town. Atticus believes that racism is illogical and thus does not want his children to hold racist views. Among many examples of
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