How Does Scout Show Empathy In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill a Mockingbird Essay Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings with others. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, there are many characters who showed the quality of empathy. A few examples who undoubtedly showed empathy were the main characters Jem, Atticus, and the narrator Scout Finch. These characters learned and demonstrated compassion throughout the book. One character who displayed the quality of empathy was Jem Finch. Jem was growing up to be a fine young man who learned how to put himself in others shoes or empathy. “Atticus is a gentleman just like me” (Pg.131). As Jem was coming of age, he found that he preferred to carry out situations the way Atticus did. He admired the way Atticus thought-logically, …show more content…

Scout was an excellent example of empathy for quite a few reasons. For example, “Atticus was right. One time he said 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” (Pg. 374). Scout understood fully what empathy meant to her after she walked Boo home the night of the attack. It was a habit for her to put herself in other shoes and understand their feelings at that point in her life. When Scout thought about this, she was standing exactly where Boo had been for all those years and where he observed those loving, caring, fun kids. Boo literally watched them grow. She knew how he must have felt hearing their screams and to see this drunk man trying to hurt his kids. Yet again, another example of empathy from the main character Scout, “In the corner of the room was a brass bed and in the bed, was Mrs. Dubose. I wondered if Jems activities had put her there. For a moment, I felt sorry.” (Pg.) She looked at Mrs. Dubose and saw her confined to her bed while she and Jem read to her. She felt bad when she remembered Jem trying to kill her camellias. She also felt for her because when she imagined herself in Mrs. Dubose's shoes, she could only imagine how awful it would be to be circumscribed to the same place until death. Scout showed empathy toward both Boo and Mrs.

In this essay, the author

  • Analyzes the character of jem, atticus, and scout finch in to kill a mockingbird.
  • Analyzes how atticus had empathy for mayella, who was used to being treated like an object, not a person. he understood the ewells ways better after the incident.
  • Analyzes how scout showed empathy toward boo and mrs. dubose after walking him home the night of the attack.
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