Analysis Of ' Kill A Mockingbird ' By Harper Lee Essay

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Young and navie children rarely have a sense of empathy towards others when they are still developing their communications. It is an emotion that comes from the heart, and must be genuine in order to be effective. Empathy is often learned through the event of coming of age which is evident in a significant passage in To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. In this passage Scout can finally see the world from the perspective of Boo Radley, a childhood myth. She walks Boo back to his front porch which she spent many previous summers looking into past the metal gate. Scout can see the unexpected characteristics of Boo Radley through a different point of view, and realizes how the stereotypes of the town affects the roles of different people. Scout’s realization within the passage shows the theme that in order to come of age one must think in another’s perspective in order to make an accurate decision about their character.

The irony about how Boo Radley goes against the myth of his character connects to the theme that part of maturity is recognizing that initial judgements are not always accurate. When Boo Radley was first introduced into the novel he was described as a myth. Rumors were spread around the town of Maycomb that “ He dined on raw squirrels and any cats he could catch, that’s why his hands were bloodstained [...] What teeth he had were yellow and rotten; his eyes popped, and he drooled most of the time”(65). Based on the fact that Boo Radley never came out of his…

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