A Walk in Another’s Shoes
Often humans get caught up in how they see things, they think that the way they view the world is the only way. However that’s not the case, not everything is what it seems. In order to succeed in life, it is important to step back and try to understand experiences through the eyes of others. In Harper Lee’s classic novel To Kill a Mockingbird, one of the valuable themes taught is you can’t judge others until you place yourself in their shoes and look at things from their point of view. As a young girl oblivious to the harsh reality of the world, Scout only sees the events of her childhood through her own point of view. For example, on the first day of school she gets upset with her teacher, Miss Caroline, but later realizes that she shouldn’t have. As she starts to mature and sees that not everything is what it appears to be, she puts herself in Mayella’s shoes at the trial. Finally Scout demonstrates the quality of putting herself in others shoes when she meets her mysterious neighbor Boo Radley for the first time.
After a long wait, Scout’s very first day of school comes, but it isn’t all she hopes it would be. Disappointing events of the day result in some helpful advice. When Scout arrives at school, knowing how to read and write, Miss Caroline Fisher, becomes mad at her. Furthermore, when Miss Caroline attempts to give Walter Cunningham a quarter for lunch, Scout, knowing the Cunningham’s background, tries to explain the situation to the teacher. Miss Caroline is angry and again punishes Scout this time whipping her with the ruler. Scout goes home that day and tells her father, Atticus, that she never wants to go back. Because she is so young, she can’t understand how Miss Caroline was feeling. As a result, Atticus, gives her some helpful advice, “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 39). With the help of her father, Scout...
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