In her novel To kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee writes about the story of a man and his children, a trial of rape between an African American man, and a white woman unfolds. “You never really understand a person until you consider things form his point of view-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.” (Atticus 30) This means that the author is trying to say you should not judge somebody until you know what they are going through. The author describes this purpose so well that people today are saying the same thing. There comes a time when everybody has to be empathetic at some point whether it is from a teaching by their parents or something else. This essay will be about how Atticus is empathetic. The best realistic fiction always seems believable and logical within the context of the story line. This certainly is true in To Kill a Mockingbird.
When Atticus says “There’s a lot of ugly things in this world, son. I wish I could keep ‘em all away from you. That’s never possible.” (Atticus) This quote shows that Atticus wants to keep Jem away from the ugly things in life. He wants his son to be a good man in life so he does not end up like Bob Ewell. His son did not follow what he said very closely because he went to the trial for Tom Robinson and Bob Ewell, but he did learn what a good and bad man was from the trial. This quote shows that Atticus was being empathetic and that he wanted his son to be innocent for as long as he could.
Another quote of Atticus showing empathy is “I have nothing but pity in my heart for the chief of witness for the state. She is the victim of cruel poverty and ignorance.” (Atticus) This happens during the trial of rape and he is referring to Mayella as the chief witness of state. This shows that Atticus is showing empathy for her because he still feels as if she is one to be pitied.
Just like Atticus told scout to walk in someone else’s shoes before judging I also had a problem of my own....