In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus said "you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes and walk around in them."What events leads the narrator to the conclusion?

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Scout finds that Atticus' advice comes true often in To Kill a Mockingbird. The most obvious example comes in the form of Boo Radley, the most feared man in all of Maycomb. Instead of being a bloodthirsty killer of animals and neighborhood pets, Scout and Jem slowly come to discover that Boo is a kind--albeit always invisible--neighbor. In the end, after she leads Boo home after he has saved her life, Scout stands on the Radley porch as if in Boo's own shoes, gazing at the neighborhood as if she is seeing it through Boo's eyes.

Another example comes in the form of Dolphus Raymond. Raymond is believed to be a drunkard and a "sinful man," but when Scout finally sits down and has a talk with him, she discovers that he is a friendly, sober man--whose boots Scout greatly admires. Mr. Cunningham is yet another example. Scout is able to witness his alteration in a few fleeting minutes, changing him from the leader of a would-be lynch party to an apologetic father. Scout also has problems understanding why Bob Ewell is so hateful toward Atticus, but he tells her to see it from Bob's point of view: After Atticus had shamed him on the witness stand, Bob had little choice but to try and reclaim his dignity in any way possible.

osomocoso | Student

Atticus helps Scout to have a better undesanding of the people who live in her town. S cout is just a little girl, and judges people often to quick.

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