To Kill A Mocking Bird Essay

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Mudrika JoshiMrs. JosephEng1DRA17/12/2013Period 1Empathy is a skill that we all should have, it is very important for it to be present in society. In the novel "To Kill A Mockingbird" we see empathy demonstrated many times by characters like Atticus, Scout and Jem. These characters are all great examples of mockingbirds who exhibit empathy. Empathy comes easy to some of the characters and others are great examples of how empathy is learned.Throughout the whole novel Atticus Finch exhibits and teaches empathy to many characters. Empathy comes easy for Atticus because of his personality, he is known to be a kind and understanding and understanding person therefore he can demonstrate empathy towards others. He has demonstrated empathy towards others by telling Scout "you never really understand a person until you consider things in their point of view- until you climb into their skin and walk around in it." When he said that he was talking about Miss. Caroline, he was trying to tell Scout that she should not dislike her because all she is trying to do is help her students. Atticus feels that she does not deserve that hate and shows empathy for her. He also demonstrated empathy when he took the Tom Robison case, Atticus felt that Tom was innocent and deserved a fair chance in court. He knew that by taking that case he would be jugged in the town by everyone because of the racial prejudice that was present. Boo Radley was shown empathy by Atticus when he told Jem to leave him alone. When Jem was asking lots of questions about the Radley's Atticus told him to leave them alone because the family faced social prejudice in many ways by everyone in town. He could relate to them because he faced some as well, when people judged him for letting his kids run around and cause trouble, also by letting his children call him by his name. He also could relate to him when he took the case for Tom Robinson.Secondly, Scout Finch shows that she has learned about empathy by changing her way of seeing things, she shows maturity when she exhibits such traits of kindness towards others. We see Scout learn about empathy when she changes her view on Miss. Caroline and try's to see things in her point of view to understand her way of teaching. When Scout learns about empathy she shows herself the right way, like the time when she learned that it was not right to Judge Walter Cunningham because of the way he ate. She was told by Calpurnia that in the when you have a guest over to not put them down by saying mean things to them. She learned that he eat like that because he did not have much money so he had never learned table manners. She demonstrated empathy towards her father, Atticus when she stood up for him at the jail house. She stood up for him by talking to the mob of people that were against Atticus defending Tom Robinson in court, she started talking to them and brought up the topic...

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