To Kill a Mockingbird

How does the quote "you never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb in his skin and walk around in it" Relate to the novel?

for an essay so three examples would be appreciated. But please give me what you know

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It relates to the novel because as a young girl Scout doesn't understand the racism and bias she's surrounded by. She looks at everything through her own innocence; she expects people to act like she's been taught to act, and she doesn't understand why people become so angry or aftraid.

Atticus tells her this because she's making judgments that she's not only too young to make, but that she's too inexoerienced to make. He simply telling her to put herself in someone else's position before she judges them.

As for examples....... the gossip about Boo Radley and stories that people believe; the prayer group (women's group from the church), who are unwilling to show the same compassion for the people in their own neighborhood as they are those overseas; and finally Tom Robinson, judged for the color of his skin. I'd throw Mayella in here, but I really don't like her character..... I feel sorry for her, but I's like to slap her...... Atticus, he'd tell me to walk around in her skin for a bit (he's probably be right).


To Kill A Mockingbird

The quote represents the love of a father reaching out to his young daughter in an attempt to explain to her that it is wrong to be judgemental without knowing the person's particular circumstances. But there is a greater universal truth that defies this quote underlying the themes of Harper Lee's novel. That truth is that, in spite of our best efforts, we can never really understand other people and what motivates them. Like Atticus, we can take a stand to fight injustice where we find it and defend the persecuted and wrongly accused. But since you actually can't climb into another person's skin or live inside their brain, you can never really understand what it's like to be them. Only they know that. The author was outraged and incensed by various events she witnessed as the seeds of the Civil Rights Movement were beginning to sprout. I believe writing "To kill A Mockingbird" was her way of dealing with so many things she didn't understand such as racial prejudice, bigotry, and other societal injustices. In the novel, good wins out over evil, but in real life, this is not always the case. Harper Lee had seen that when she went to investigate the Kansas massacre with her best friend, Truman Capote. So she created protagonist Atticus Finch to soothe her sensitive soul and feel right about the world again.There weren't enough like Atticus forty years ago and even fewer can be found today.