To Kill A Mockingbird Empathy Character Analysis

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In To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee presents the idea that in order to gain empathy one must go through many experiences because the more one morally develops the higher their ability becomes to understand others. Going through many experiences can help one to grow morally. In To Kill a Mockingbird the character Jem shows throughout the book to be going through the changes of moral development in comparison to Dill who is younger yet has already progressed faster. In the beginning of the novel he is a young boy who believes that those older should be respected. Foolish and naive, he believes whatever gossip is told to him and believes that whatever he thinks is the truth. “Dill said striking a match under a turtle was hateful. ‘Ain’t hateful, just persuades him--’s not like you’d chunk him in the fire,’ Jem growled. ‘How do you know a match don’t hurt him?’ ‘Turtles can’t feel, stupid,’ said Jem. ‘Were you ever a turtle, huh?’” (15). As Jem and Dill discuss how to coax Arthur Radley out of his…show more content…
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