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To Kill a Mockingbird Essay The novel To Kill a Mocking Bird, by Harper Lee, presents the view of a young girl growing up in the South during the Great Depression. One of the major characters, Atticus Finch, says, "'[....] You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view- [....] -until you climb into his skin and walk around in it'" (Lee 30). This is a true statement; a person does not know or truly understand a person until they walk around in their shoes. As the novel progresses, many characters see life from the perspective of another. Jean Louise "Scout" Finch sees life from Arthur "Boo" Radley's perspective. Tom Robinson and Mayella Ewell begin to realize they are more alike then they appear to be. Lastly, Jeremy "Jem" Finch and Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose finally have a better understanding of each other once they spend some time together. This allows them to gain a new perspective and understand people more clearly, and become better people. Scout is finally able to see life through Boo Radley's perspective at the end of the novel. ...read more.


Tom Robinson and Mayella Ewell realize they are more alike then they appear to be. Mayella is the lonely, unhappy daughter of Bob Ewell. She endures abuse from her father daily. Tom Robinson understands what she is feeling. No one wants anything to do with him because of the color of his skin. Mayella asks Tom for his help and he obliges since he feels sorry for her and no one else wants to help her. Instead of receiving his payment, Mayella makes advances in trying to kiss Tom, but he refuses. Mr. Bob Ewell, Mayella's father, sees this and begins to beat his daughter. Mayella claims Tom beats and rapes her. Because of this accusation, a trial is set for Tom. At the trial Mr. Gilmer, one of the members of the jury says, "'You're a mighty good fellow, it seems-[to do] all this for not one penny?' 'Yes suh. I [feel] right sorry for her, she seem[s] to try more'n the rest of 'em-' 'You [feel] sorry for her, you [feel] sorry for her?'" (Lee 197). It seems that Mr. Gilmer thinks it is wrong that Tom Robinson feels sorry for Mayella Ewell. ...read more.


Dubose for two hours every afternoon for a month. Shortly after he finishes his reading sentence, Mrs. Dubose passes away. Atticus explains that she is a morphine addict, "'I [want] you to see what real courage is, instead of getting the idea courage is a man with a gun in his hand. It's when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and you see it through no matter what.'" (Lee 112). Atticus explains the true meaning of heroism. Although Jem does not realize this, but he helps Mrs. Dubose overcome her morphine addiction by reading to her. By sharing this with his children, Atticus feels his children are mature enough to understand this and he shows them the true meaning of courage. Scout is finally able to see life from Boo Radley's perspective from the Radley porch. Tom Robinson feels sorry for Mayella Ewell when he realizes that she is lonely because no one wants to spend anytime with her. Finally, Jem understands why Mrs. Dubose is the way she is and realizes she is a courageous woman. All of them are able to understand one another because they "climb into each other's skin and walk around in it." This can lead to changes in people's behavior, thoughts, and attitude towards life. ...read more.

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