To Kill A Mockingbird Character Analysis

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The motif of getting into someone else’s shoes is represented throughout To Kill A Mockingbird as the children in the novel struggle to understand each other and their world. Scout, Dill, and Jem try to use these messages of compassion in their world, but it doesn’t make any affect and they constantly see people abusing others because of prejudice. These messages target readers in the 1960’s and today, because we witness the same abuse of innocent people and understand that these actions are wrong, yet no one strives for change and the horrors continue. While Lee builds the idea of getting into someone else’s shoes, the perspective of children and subplots throughout the novel highlight that without acting on new beliefs and applying forgiveness, prejudice will pass onto the next generation. Although the motif of getting into someone else’s shoes is reoccurring, Lee shows us the irony in this through subplot as the townspeople of Maycomb recognize injustice but take no action and are content to believe that they aren’t responsible. Throughout the subplots of the novel, readers are shown that the townspeopleare presented with opportunities to make a difference, but they shy away from the responsibility instead. In the subplot of Tim Johnson, the townspeople see the diseased dog threatening to infect the town but they wait for Atticus to come shoot it. Scout observes the silent street, and she says, “Nothing is more deadly than a deserted, waiting street. The trees were
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