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To Kill a Mockingbird

In To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee there are many life lessons to be learned. One of which Atticus Finch gives to his children, "First of all if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along better with all kinds of folks. 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"(30). Throughout this novel this lesson comes into use several times.
Scout arrives home from herfirst day of school upset, and confides in Atticus for advice. Scouts'first grade teacher Miss Caroline unknowingly offers Walter Cunningham money for lunch. When Walter refuses to accept the money Miss Caroline persists until Scout rudely interrupts her. Scout explains to Miss Caroline that Walter is a Cunningham, and the Cunningham's do not accept money that they cannot pay back. Miss
Caroline punishes Scout for starting the year off on the wrong foot. This is when Atticus gives Scout the knowledgeable advice about walking in other peoples skin to see things from their point of view. Scout attempts to do this with Miss Caroline. "If Walter and I had put ourselves in her shoes we'd have seen it was an honest mistake on her part. We could not expect her to learn all of Maycomb's ways in one day and we could not hold her responsible when she knew no better"(30). Gaining this knowledge begins to direct Scout on the right path to maturation.
When Jem, Scout and Dill have to run away from the Radley place Jem loses his pants. He returns home before his bedtime only to go out again at two in the morning to retrieve his pants and escape punishment from Atticus. Jem stays moody and silent for an entire week following the event. Instead of becoming angry with Jem, Scout attempts to see things from his point of view. "As Atticus had once advised me to do I tried to climb into Jems skin and walk


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