To Kill a Mockingbird: Who Are the People That Scout Comes to Understand as a Result of Following Atticus' Addive?

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"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."
Who are the people Scout comes to understand as a result of following Atticus' advice?

To Kill a Mockingbird

To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, explores different themes and contains many important lessons. One of these lessons is empathy and understanding which is introduced to the main character through Atticus Finch who says "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." By following Atticus' advice, Scout begins to understand many different characters such as her brother Jem, Miss Caroline
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Rather than trying to get Jem to talk to her, or play with her, Scout uses the advice that Atticus gave her.
‘...I tried to climb into Jem's skin and walk around in it: if I had gone alone to the Radley place at two in the morning, my funeral would have been held the next day. So I left Jem alone and tried not to bother him…' (pg. 64) this proves, that again Scout better understands others well, by using the advice given to her. This growth and change in character continues on through the novel and is demonstrated further in the meeting of Arthur ‘Boo' Radley.

Towards the end of the story, Scout empathises and understands Boo Radley, a character whom she previously feared and avoided all her life. '... I had never seen our neighbourhood from this angle...'(pg. 307) this new view of her world at the end of the novel, symbolised the revolution and growth she experienced, all with the unforgettable words of her father '...Atticus was right…he said you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them. Just standing on the Radley porch was enough.' This act of courage and open-mindedness reveals how greatly Scout had developed and matured throughout the story. This final chapter in the novel described her understanding of Boo, although the mythical fear of him still lingered with those who could not understand.

Unlike many citizens of Maycomb, Scout grew and matured

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