To Kill a Mockingbird

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Composition One
The Philosophy of Life
The character “Atticus Finch” in Harper Lee’s book To Kill a Mocking Bird is a person who is very mature and very wise. In this book he has a “Philosophy of Life.” Atticus’s philosophy is taught to his children in several different ways. He also teaches his philosophy to many other people. This philosophy of life is that one should not judge until they are in the other person’s shoes, meaning they should not judge the other person until they know what the person has been through in their life.

Atticus’s philosophy is very wise. In Lee’s book, Atticus says “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-” He also says “-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” Atticus has had many years of experience with this philosophy and it turned out to be true with everybody in the story, especially with Boo Radley. When Atticus says that one should not be judged until they are in the other person’s shoes, he says this because he wants to teach other people, especially his children that this is very true and should be used all of the time when dealing with people. Atticus shows that he doesn’t judge people in a many ways, First of all, he doesn’t ever use violence. In Lee’s story she writes that Atticus is sitting in front of the courthouse reading his newspaper and there are people that have a gun and Atticus doesn’t even flinch. He never fought against them. Atticus also teaches his philosophy to everyone in Page 2

the town and especially his children, Scout and Jem.
Atticus teaches his philosophy to his children in many different ways. A very big example of him doing this is the Tom Robinson trial. Atticus was different from other people because he was not racist, like many other people in the town were, and he actually represented Tom and fought for his life. During most trials, he wouldn’t even take his coat off, but in this trial he was trying his hardest because...
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