Essay about Characterization Of Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

1713 Words Apr 7th, 2016 7 Pages
ow Does Having Empathy Keep Us From Having Prejudices?

“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb around in his skin and walk around in it.” This quote shows that one should not judge another person, until one considers what they are going through in life. This quote is said by Atticus Finch in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird. Jean Louise “Scout” Finch and her older brother Jem, live in the small, sleepy town of Maycomb, Alabama. During school she befriends Walter Cunningham, a poor child who the town considers dirty. When Walter goes over to Scout’s house, he pours syrup all over the supper that the Finch’s prepared for him. Consequently, Scout makes rude remarks criticizing Walter. This leads to Calpurnia teaching her a lesson on not judging others. During the summer, the children spend their free time terrorizing their neighbor, Boo Radley, and making up games about him. As the children grow older, they become more interested in a trial involving their father, Atticus Finch, defending Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson is a black man who is wrongly accused of raping a white woman. While all these events are happening, Scout begins to have prejudices towards everybody, making Calpurnia and Atticus teach her that there is no need to judge others. Therefore, in Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, the reader learns not to have prejudice by showing empathy towards Boo Radley, Atticus respecting Tom Robinson, and Scout…

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