To Kill A Mockingbird Essay

Submitted By billybubin
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In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, Atticus tells Scout,” 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.” This means you need to think of things through another persons perspective to understand their actions and thoughts. Throughout the story several characters do this and some even change the way they view the person who’s “shoes” they were in. For instance, after Scout walks Boo Radley home, after he saved her and Jim from Bob Ewell, she stand on the Radley house’s porch and recollects the events of the past year from Boo’s perspective. “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.” Scout realizes that Boo thought of her and Jem as his children. And that he wasn’t the scary man, from the rumors, that wanted to murder everyone; he was a nice reclusive guy that put the items in the tree for them, and cared for them such as when he protects them from Mr.Ewell and when he puts the blanket around Scout to keep her warm. “Yes, suh. I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of ‘em—” Another person to step into someone else’s shoes is Tom Robinson he sees things from Mayella’s perspective and feels bad for her. He knows she is abused, uneducated, and the she almost had no choice but to lie to save herself. It would have been horrible for Mayella if she would have told the truth; she tried to tempt a married black man. Since he saw through her “shoes” he feels bad for her, but sadly, because he said this out loud the townsfolk took it as cocky and condescending, that a black man felt sorry for a white woman. Atticus is another person that gets into