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xueyin | Student, Grade 9 | eNotes Newbie

Posted January 23, 2010 at 12:57 AM via web

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Atticus said 'you never know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk about in them'

 

Which TWO moments in the novel is this lesson is most vivid to scout and jem? I need some evidence to support those incidence too.

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missy575 | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Educator Emeritus

Posted January 23, 2010 at 1:33 AM (Answer #1)

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In the very end of the novel, Scout walks Boo home. She stands on his porch for awhile watching from his perspective and re-living the last couple of years what he must and seen. Chapter 31 is full of quotes that reflect this... check it out. Its only a few pages. Then, as the chapter is closing, Atticus is reading a bedtime story to Scout about The Gray Ghost (IRONIC). She falls asleep, but when Atticus wakes her up she's talking about the incident about nobody really understanding Stoner's boy. The last 10-15 lines of the book has a quote to the effect that most people are really good, it just takes awhile for us to figure it out sometimes. This proves Scout's learned the concept.

When Scout learned to see through Boo's eyes, she is most affected. It is the most impressionable moment of the book... BUT, Jem's not there with her.

Here's a quote from earlier in the book (pg. 30) Atticus is speaking to Scout

"'First of all,' he said, 'If you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view-'

'Sir?'

'-until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.'"

Atticus was referring to Jem. But, it was a lesson that applied to Scout then, and for the rest of life. Once again, Jem wasn't there, but it was a significantly impressionable moment.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted January 23, 2010 at 1:22 AM (Answer #2)

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In the book, Atticus is trig to help Scout to have a better understanding of the people who live in her town.  Scout is often quick to judge people like her new teacher Miss Caroline, Boo Radley, and even Calpurnia.  She is a child and her views are in black and white. Atticus wants his children to be able to see the different sides of people's feelings and lives.

When Walter Cunningham comes to eat at Scout's home he pours syrup over all of the food he is served.  Scout is shocked by his actions because she has been raised to put syrup on biscuits and pancakes.  Walter does not have the social restrictions and probably does not have access to many sweets like syrup.  His family is very poor.

"Atticus shook his head at me again. "Bu he's gone and drowned his dinner in syrup, “I protested."(27)

Miss Caroline is a new teacher at Scout's school.  She is fresh out of college and excited about using the new methods that she has learned.  She is unaccustomed to the ways and people of the town and is also against Atticus teaching Scout to read.  Scout does not want to go to school anymore because she is upset with the teacher.  Miss Caroline has an incident in the classroom where Mr. Ewell talks in a nasty manner to her.  She is upset and cries in front of the children.   Scout is starting to see a more human side to Miss Caroline.

"Soon we were clustered around her desk, trying in our various ways to comfort her."(31)

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