Character Analysis : Harper Lee 's ' Kill A Mockingbird ' Essays
Perspective is something all human beings have, however the ability to understand and empathise another perspective is another matter .In the award winning novel To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee implies that the lesson of empathy is the foundation for an individual to properly develop as a well rounded person. She expresses this point of view from 3 of the main characters in the book Jean Louise “Scout” Finch, Atticus Finch and Arthur “Boo” Radley.
The protagonist of the novel Scout learn several lessons about empathy throughout the novel. During the novel Scout’s father Atticus has stated that"You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view” This is so that the children do not end up like the Ewells. The quote also educates the children about empathy and attempting to understand things in the other person’s perspective which Atticus emphasizes because he believes that everyone should be treated equally no matter what race and the way he interacts with his black maid Calpurnia is the primary example of how he treats everyone equally.Scout never understood the real meaning of empathy in the beginning and she had to learn the lessons the hard way. An example would be when Walter Cunningham came over to the Finch’s household for dinner and Walter Poured syrup all over his dinner. This aggravated Scout and she yelled “‘what the sam hill he was doing”(pg) and this annoyed Calpurnia and she…