To Kill a Mockingbird

One of the salient lessons Scout learns from her father is not to judge others until you've walked in their moccasins.

How does inhabiting the various characters’ point of view provide depth to the experience of the novel?

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Empathy is a trait that needs to be experienced. One has to feel the pain of somebody else before they can truly understand a different perspective. Seeing other points of view was a trade-mark of Atticus and Scout was well on her way to learning this.

A good example of this is when Scout and Jem are forced to read to Mrs. Dubose. They begin to see her as more than just a cranky hateful old lady.

The novel goes beyond exploring the disparity of class and explores the effects of race as well. Scout's tale clearly realtes a middle-class perspective, and yet even then her father warns her not to judge anyone until you've walked in the circumstances. Scout's point of view changes a bit over the course of the story because of this; she's forced to walk in the shoesw of others because she's surrounded by circumstances that she cannot control but wants to understand.


To Kill a Mockingbird