To Kill A Mockingbird Critical Lens

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You never truly know someone until you put yourself in their perspective, until you see them, the way others see them, and how they see themselves. Seeing themselves is not being the person looking into the mirror, it’s understanding where they are coming from, putting you in their shoes in a sense. In To Kill A Mockingbird we see how this idea is incorporated in this story many times, in its each on individual way. Harper Lee wrote To Kill A Mockingbird back in 1968. To Kill A Mockingbird is a story that is set in the small town of Maycomb in the 1930’s and follows the summers of Jeremy”Jem” and Jean Louise “Scout” Finch. Jem and Scout are the children of a local lawyer Atticus, who is a single parent due to the mother dying soon after Scout’s…show more content…
This is a quote from Mr. Hutchinson, a man known in Maycomb for marrying a black woman and having interracial children with her, he is also known for his “alcoholic” antics and for drinking whiskey from a coke bottle. Dill and Scout are at the trial of Tom Robinson an African American male that Atticus is defending in court concerning a rape trial. Dill got upset from the way the State’s Attorney was addressing Tom and started crying so Scout took him out of the courtroom where we see Scout first interact with Mr. Hutchinson. We learn that the man who was rumored to be an alcoholic was not an alcoholic at all and this is what he said. “It ain’t honest but it’s mighty helpful to folks. Secretly, Miss Finch, I’m not much of a drinker, but you see they could never, never understand that I live like I do because that’s the way I want to” Ch. 20 pg.229 We learn that he does this to make the way he lives earlier to digest and Scout is put into his perspective without even realizing it. Now, we have one more example where we see Jem apply this lesson according to his own

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