In Chapter 8, what are some examples of The Golden Rule?

In Chapter 8, what are some examples of The Golden Rule? 

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readerofbooks eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is the chapter where something unusual happens. There is snow in Maycomb. When this happens, Scout and Jem, understandably are excited and they begin to make a snowman. As they do, the snowman begins to look like Mr. Avery, a neighbor that the children are not very fond of. When Atticus comes home, he orders Jem to disguise the snowman, because the children are mocking Mr. Avery. In other words, they have broken the golden rule. Here is what Atticus says:

“I don’t care what you do, so long as you do something,” said Atticus. “You can’t go around making caricatures of the neighbors.”

“Ain’t a characterture,” said Jem. “It looks just like him.” “Mr. Avery might not think so.”

What makes this contrast even starker is that Boo Radley shows great kindness and thoughtfulness to Scout. When Ms. Maudie's house burns down and the people are watching during the cold night, Boo comes by and places a blanket around Scout. This is an example of fulfilling the golden rule.

gmuss25 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The Golden Rule is "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." In Chapter 8, there are several instances where characters demonstrate The Golden Rule by treating others the way they would want to be treated. When Maudie's house is on fire, the neighbors all demonstrate selflessness and altruism by helping remove Maudie's furniture before her house collapses in flames. Concerned citizens risk their lives by entering the burning home in order to help Miss Maudie. While the men help remove furniture from the burning home, Jem and Scout watch at a distance from the Radley yard. Scout is freezing in the cold weather, and Boo Radley displays his kindness by leaving the comforts of his home to put a blanket over her shoulders. Boo Radley's actions show that he cares about Scout's well-being and demonstrates The Golden Rule.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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