In 'to Kill A Mockingbird', Atticus Finch Teaches The Children To Walk In The Shoes Of Others. Discuss

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Atticus finch, father of Scout and Jem, right from the start attempted to educate them and inculcate in them moral values like empathy, sympathy and compassion for the human race as a whole. He did this by logically explaining and setting examples for his children. It is this education administered by Atticus that pays off right from an early stage the novel when Jem was able to comfortably step in the shoes of Walter Cunningham, who his sister Scout had gotten into a fight with. ‘Come on home to dinner with us, Walter’ He said. In Maycomb County’s intricate social structure, the Cunninghams were on the poorer side of things. When Walter comes over, Atticus treats and accepts him as an ...view middle of the document...

But she puts herself into the shoes of her brother and realizes that Jem valued Atticus’ opinion of himself much more than the risk it would take to retrieve his pants. She lets him go without protesting too much or insisting to come along as she usually does, because she understands that this is something that Jem needs to do.
Scout displays this trait once again when it comes to Boo Radley. For years and years, She has wondered why he’s stayed inside his house and never stepped out, and spun story after story to explain this. In Chapter 23 after all the drama and turmoil caused by the trial, the children glean a new perspective on Boo Radley. When they see Tom Robinson being victimized and convicted by society simply because of prejudice and not because he is actually guilty, they draw a parallel towards Boo Radley. Jem says to Scout, “I think I am beginning to understand why Boo Radley stayed shut up. It’s because he wants to stay inside.” This makes Scout think, and at the end of this she realizes that Boo definitely is not the monster they one played games about and made him out to be- Scout acquires compassion and finally understands just why Atticus always reprimanded them and asked them to leave Boo alone. When Boo finally reveals himself at the end of the novel, in the scene where he saves the lives of Jem and Scout, Scout is has matured enough to accept him- she has stepped into his shoes and so she is ready to deal with him.


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