Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee Essay

894 Words Mar 7th, 2016 4 Pages
Being empathetic to others is not easy, but once it is learned, getting along with people will become easier. The novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is about Jean “Scout” Louise Finch growing up in the town of Maycomb and learning about the world through her father, Atticus’s lessons. Atticus teaches Scout and her brother, Jem, how to react in situations involving Boo Radley, an unseen neighbor, Tom Robinson, a black man going through a trial, and other social groups of Maycomb. To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee uses Atticus and his children to show that a person putting himself in a different perspective can open up understandings of others. Firstly, Atticus is a character that demonstrates empathy and compassion. Atticus has a propensity of doing the right thing, so he decides to defend a black man in trial for rape. In Maycomb, being a black man is a detriment in society because they African-Americans are not fully accepted. After a fight at school, Scout comes home and asks Atticus why Cecil Jacobs made fun of Atticus defending a black man. With discretion, Atticus replies by saying, “If I didn’t, I couldn’t hold my head in town, I couldn’t even represent this county in the legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again” (100). In an optimum world, people would get a fair trial. Tom deserves a fair trial. Atticus believes that if he does not try to defend Tom, he does not deserve to represent Maycomb or hold authority over his…

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