Essay on Atticus, By Harper Lee

1005 Words Mar 7th, 2016 5 Pages
“No matter what anybody says to you, don’t let em get your goat” (101), says Atticus to Scout. He vicariously teaches his children how to be good people throughout the entire book. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus is told by the city to defend Tom Robinson after being accused of raping Mayella Ewell. Even though Atticus is a dexterous lawyer, because Tom Robinson is a black man it is a huge detriment to the chance of winning the case. As the case is progressing Atticus’ children, Jem and Scout, are faced with hateful words and action towards them. Throughout the story Atticus teaches them how to tolerate all types of people, to understand what others may be going through as well as standing up for what’s right. The novel To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee uses Atticus to show the importance of practicing empathy, tolerance and courage.
One lesson that Atticus teaches is empathy. Throughout the entire novel Atticus tries to teach Scout and Jem how to show empathy. “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view- until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (30). Atticus wants Scout to understand that you can’t judge someone unless you know what they’ve been through. Showing empathy towards people is a moral Atticus is trying to teach Scout and Jem. As the trial is coming to a close, Jem is starting to realize that the world around him is not a perfect as he thought. He starts to realize that it would almost be…

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