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.
The first time that equality plays a big part in this novel is right off the bat in Chapter 2 involving Walter Cunningham Junior. Everybody treats Walter differently right away, knowing that his family does not have as much money as everyone else, with quotes such as, “Walter’s one of the Cunningham’s, Miss Caroline” (Lee 20). This quote helps prove that people treat Walter differently, because Scout is referring to him as a “Cunningham”. She is saying this as if he is the town scum or that he is lower on the social scale. One incident that does occur throughout all of this happening is when Scout and Walter get into a fight in the school yard.
The people of Maycomb have no sympathy for Mayella or what is happening in her broken down home until they realize a colored man is involved. Tom Robinson is innocent of this crime but citizens of Alabama would never want to admit two white people are lying and a colored man is telling the truth. “Yes, suh. I felt sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of ‘em--” (Lee 264). Tom Robinson only wanted to help Mayella with her chores out of pure kindness when Mayella kissed him.
From this we learn that even innocent little Scout, Atticus’s daughter, went along with the judgement of the town and did not even get into Mr. Raymond’s skin. Mr. Raymond resolved why he lives and acts the way he does, “Wh-oh yes, you mean why do I pretend? Well, it’s very simple,” he said’. “Some folks don’t-like the way I live. Now I could say the hell with ‘em, I don’t care if they don’t like it.
But the parents have already taken their decision that he should go there. The boy was dissatisfied, that he viewed when they asked him about the school, but he didn’t reply. The headmaster couple are literally terribly totally different from one another. The woman is incredibly kind and polite, and that I believe that the kids at the college square measure terribly keen on her. She is additionally terribly right down to earth, she doesn’t care weather the family lives in Finchley or Hampstead.
Initially, Miss Tretheway treated him equitably to end the bullying. Wes was bullied on the sledding hill, when he was just trying to take Mrs. Banks’ laundry home for her. The bullies kept pushing him around, but then Miss Tretheway’s brave expressions had scared off those individuals. Miss Tretheway assisted Wes in the gathering of the laundry that was clutered in the snow. Wes appreciated the gratitude, and Miss Tretheway treated him respectfully, even though his race and ethnicity is different.
Another character who values modesty is Miss Maudie Atkinson, their neighbor across the street. After Atticus had shot the dog, Jem was all butthurt that he did not know anything about it. While they were at Maudie’s, Jem and Scout were going on and on about how he could not believe that Atticus could actually do something like that. With this, Miss Maudie simply replies with, “‘People in their right minds never take pride in their talents’” (Lee 130). With this, readers can see that Miss Maudie values modesty because
However, in the end, the people in the jury cannot see this and Tom is found guilty simply because of his skin color. Finally, another symbol in this story is the knot hole in the tree in the Radley’s yard. This symbolizes the children’s growing friendship with Boo. Boo knew that the children were afraid of him, so he quietly tried to make friends with them throughout the novel by leaving small gifts for them in the knot hole. Since Boo was never outside, this was the only way that he could communicate with the children.
Mr. Rabbit defiantly contributed in Peter’s growing up process successfully and shaped his personality letting him discover himself. We necessarily see the opposite situation in Voices in the Park, Charles is lonely hastate to communicate or socialize. He is locked and blocked. In the park, bushes and trees also shaped like hats, no one listens to him, and he sees everything as his mother. She is not giving him a chance to explore the world around him.
Death and politics,” (145). The writing is brief but comprehensible. This in then followed as “there was murmur among the group of men, made more ominous when Atticus moved back to the bottom front step and the men drew nearer,” (146). No one states that they are threatening Atticus. No one states that they hate the idea of him defending a negro either but the intent there.