I am reading To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee, and I finished the book. To Kill A Mockingbird is a coming to age story about a girl named Scout. She learns many life lessons and realizes the type of racism that goes on in her town during the 1930s. In this journal, I will be evaluating the theme in this story about walking in someone’s shoes.
I am evaluating the theme of walking in someone’s shoes from the book To Kill A Mockingbird. After the trial there was a moment when Atticus Finch understood why Mr. Ewell acted the way he did. In chapter 23, it talks about how Mr. Ewell spat in Atticus’ face and threatened him, but Atticus didn’t act rudely back toward him. When Jem had said his concerns to his father Atticus explained why he shouldn’t…show more content… The man had to have some kind of comeback, his kind always does” (Lee 292). From this it goes on to say that he was glad to take it if it meant saving Mayella a beating. Mr. Finch understood, partially, from the point Bob Ewell was coming from. From this, the town lawyer had thought about what Mr. Ewell was feeling and put it into perspective. Instead of worrying and thrashing out, Atticus stayed calm and told his kids to also. He walked in Mr. Ewell’s shoes and understood where he was coming from and made his kids see as well. Another example from the book is that Scout was able to understand how Arthur Radley (aka Boo) saw everything go on for the past couple of years. The night Jem and Scout were attacked by Bob Ewell, Scout met Arthur Radley. After the troublesome night, Scout walked Boo home and stood on his porch remembering everything from the past couple year. Ms. Finch understood what Mr. Radley must have seen during these times and understood his point of view: “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” (Lee 374). Scout knew how Arthur must have understood what went on while she was growing up. As following, Scout Finch looked through Arthur Radley’s