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To Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee

1875 words - 8 pages

In the town of Maycomb, the residents have a very small intolerance for other people that they are not familiar with. There are many commonalities between people who accept others, such as Atticus and Scout. Atticus has discussed with Scout to put yourself in their skin and understand how they feel. So one commonality they have is they put themselves in your place and judge how you live and what decisions you will make. Another commonality is a strong sense of justice between people who accept others and the people accept others not because of their skin but for their morals. Also People who hate others make judgements too fast and are persuaded by other people in the community. Harper Lee shows in the novel "To Kill a Mockingbird," the building up of a strong intolerance of racial discrimination in the residents of Maycomb highlighting the separation of Maycomb, Resulting in a commonality of people that accept or hate others.
Acceptance from others is a hard thing to earn because people, who do not accept do not know how the other person truly is. To truly understand a person is to put yourself in their position. In one Maycomb school, Scout is having a difficult time in school. To make it worse Walter Cunningham got Scout in to trouble, which made her angry so she assaulted him. However Jem brings him home for dinner and Scout talks with Atticus about getting along with other people. “-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.”(Lee 30). Atticus has discussed with Scout about accepting others and had told her that you cannot understand someone, "until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."(Lee 30). After Atticus has discussed this with Scout, she has become more accepting of others because now she tries to understand what they are going through. Since decisions are based on the experiences of the person. Also the trial of Tom Robinson is beginning and everyone has their views of Tom. The trial is able to show the worst of Maycomb because of the likely judgement of Tom. people who put themselves in the skin of Tom believe that Tom is innocent, however they also know that the verdict will be guilty due to the all white jury."I am not going. 't's morbid, watching a poor devil on trial for his live. Look at all those folks, it's like a Roman carnival."(Lee 161)Ms. Maudie knows that Tom Robinson is innocent and that he did not rape Ms. Mayella Ewell. She pities him because she knows that he is likely to be found guilty due to his skin colour and racial discrimination. Her judgement was due to the fact that she put herself into the skin of Tom Robinson whom did not anything wrong. She even compared the trial with a Roman Carnival (Romans were known to do barbaric acts during carnivals) and she knows that this trial will bring the worst of Maycomb into the spotlight. Putting yourself in the skin of someone else is a humble thing to do, you will be able to recognize how a person truly behaves and why does he do it."Atticus had said...

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