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"You Can Never Really Understand A Person Until You Consider Things From His Point Of View". Discuss This Quote From 'to Kill A Mockingbird'by Harper Lee

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"You can never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view".To Kill a Mockingbird is a novel which embodies many themes and one of the most important in this book is its exploration of the moral nature of human beings. Because the book is written through Scout's perspective of childhood innocence, the result of this portrayal leads the readers to one of the book's important subthemes which involves the threat that hatred, prejudice, and ignorance pose to the innocent.The moral voice of To Kill a Mockingbird is embodied by Atticus Finch, who is virtually unique in the novel in that he has experienced and understood evil without losing his faith in the human ...view middle of the document...

In his knowingly wrongful accusation that Tom Robinson raped his daughter, Ewell represents the dark side of the South: ignorance, poverty, squalor, and hate-filled racial prejudice. He is known for being disorderly and raucous, but yet this behaviour is ignored because the accused is black.The veneration of the black community serves an important purpose in the novel. This admiration contrasts between victims and victimizers. The town's black citizens are the novel's victims, oppressed by white prejudice and forced to live in an environment where the word of a man like Bob Ewell can ruin their lives and yet no body cares because that's just the way was. By presenting the blacks of Maycomb as good people made to suffer, the author makes her moral disapproval of the prejudice directed at black's and the meagre people who distribute such comments.Another character affected by such a comment is Arthur 'Boo' Radley.He is seen as a figure of mystery and fear in the eyes of Scout and Jem. But it's Boo's affection for the children which tempts him outside. At the end of the novel Scout and Jem feel regret because they think they gave him nothing in return. Jem and Scout also realised that they were being prejudiced towards Boo without knowing what he was really like. He is one of the novel's "mockingbirds," a good person injured by the evil of mankind. "Mockingbirds don´t do one thing but make music for us to enjoy... they don´t do one thing but sing their hearts out for us. That is why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird." Boo is a clear example of Atticus' words. He teachs us that no matter how ghastly a person may seem you can never really understand them fully "until you climb into his skin and walk around in it".Though it may seem that the only prejudice is against the black people of Maycomb County, there are more subtle and discreet prejudices against other peoples as well. One of the first prejudices to become known is against the Cunningham family. The Cunningham's are a poor family who have very little money or land....

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