Examples Of Empathy In To Kill A Mockingbird

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To Kill A Mockingbird Process Essay Theodore Roosevelt once said, “No one cares how much you know, until they know how much you care.” I agree with this quote because it is only when you care about someone that you want to understand how and why they feel a certain way. This is how I go about developing empathy in my life experiences. To empathize you must first care or want to understand someone or something. After finishing the novel To Kill a Mockingbird, the two characters that I can empathize with are Boo Radley and Atticus Finch. Through examples from the novel, I will provide support for why I can relate to these two characters. In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, it shows how many people of color faced a lot of discrimination.…show more content…
He is judged by his appearance and rumors making him feel unsafe to come out of his home and be around others. Boo is always stuck in his house and prefers the loneliness of his home to going out into the real world and seeing that humans do bad things in his eyes. Just like Boo does not feel real comfortable around people, I can empathize with wanting to stay away from people who gossip and talk negative about others. I have a small group of people who I actually trust and can feel comfortable talking and sharing information about me with. Also, just like Boo is judged by how he looks, I too experience this when I’m out with my friends skateboarding at a park or mall. These people look at my skater clothes and stereotype me as being a thug or troublemaker. If they took the time to talk to me, they’d see that I am nothing like they have thought of me. On the contrary, I’m just a normal kid who loves fashionable clothing and skating. We see an example of this when Scout really looks at Boo for the first time as a person when he comes to visit Jem. In the following scene, “A strange small spasm shook him, as if he heard finger nails scrape slate, but as I gazed at him and wondered the tension slowly drained from his face. His lips parted into a timid smile, and our neighbor’s image blurred with my sudden tears”, we experience Scout feeling empathy for Boo. It wasn’t until she saw beyond the stories kids told about him, that she realizes he’s a good
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