Empathy is defined as a way to intellectually or emotionally understand a person. Harper Lee uses pathos to create empathy and evoke powerful emotions in To Kill A Mockingbird. The children use the information from what they see and not what they are told. The last way she displays contrast of how empathy can prevent prejudice is with a distinct character named Mr. Raymond and his relations with coloured people. Using empathy in the things you perform can prevent discrimination and ill understandings of a person.
Throughout the novel Jem and Scout learn the situations of others and how to understand why the think and do certain things. The first true sign of Scout maturing is when she feels sympathy for Mayella Ewell during the trial. On the outside Mayella has caused her a lot of grief. Yet when Scout hears about her life she is able to walk around in her circumstances. “As Tom Robinson gave his testimony, it came to me that Mayella Ewell must have been the loneliest person in the world. She was even lonelier then Boo Radley, who had not been out of his house in twenty five years”. She learns to appreciate another persons situation. Scout started bashing on Walter Cunnighams in the school yard. To soon be shut down by her brother Jem. “I stomped at him to chase him away but Jem put out his hand and stopped me”. Jem was stopping his sister because he knows the ordeals Walter and his family face everyday. To make up for what his sister had