What is an example of when someone climbed into another's skin and looked through their point of view in TKAM?Please someone help me! i need four examples from the book today! Please! I'll...

What is an example of when someone climbed into another's skin and looked through their point of view in TKAM?

Please someone help me! i need four examples from the book today! Please! I'll appreciate it!

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bullgatortail eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The first example of Atticus' maxim in To Kill a Mockingbird occurs after Scout's disastrous first day at school. She has been reprimanded by her inexperienced first-grade teacher, Miss Caroline, for having been taught incorrectly how to read and, later, had her hand spanked for defending Walter Cunningham Jr. When Scout told Atticus about the day's events and begged him not to make her go back to school, Atticus explained that she needed to "learn a simple trick."

"Scout, you'll learn to 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--"
    "--until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."

Atticus further explained that people could not expect Miss Caroline to learn the ways of Maycomb life in one short day. The rest of the school year was "no more auspicious than the first," but Scout apparently learned to accept Miss Caroline's ways, and no other problems with her are mentioned.

anthonda49 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I would say another example would be when Jem invited Walter Cunningham to lunch at the Finch house the first day of school. He knew Walter would go hungry and certainly wouldn't take the teacher's offer of a quarter to buy lunch downtown. Jem offered to share food as a friend would. Having known the Cunninghams through Atticus's work with the family, he knew just the right way to avoid the offense of charity. When Scout remarked about Walter's dumping of molasses over his food, Jem smoothed over the situation while Scout was banished to the Kitchen and Calpurnia's discipline. Jem's maturity at this point makes him more sensitive to looking at things through another's eyes. Scout would learn quickly through her father and brother's examples.

missy575 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In the very last 4 pages, Scout walks Boo home from her house. After he enters his house, she is left standing on the porch looking at the street through his eyes. She encounters a series of potential flashbacks through his eyes. She watches herself and her brother and Dill in the different activities they did over the last couple of years... especially the ones that related to Boo Radley. She sees the mad dog situation among others.

This is important because of all people, Boo Radley's character is a relative unknown throughout the story until the last chapters. People mostly speculate about him.

You should be able to find 4-6 good quotes if you are writing a paper if you just flip through those last few pages.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

In my opinion, a very good example of this comes in Chapter 12.  In this chapter, Calpurnia brings Jem and Scout with her to the First Purchase church.  When she does this, they are exposed for the first time to the black community and to Calpurnia's own life away from them.

By seeing how she lives when she is away from them, the kids learn much more about what it is like to be Calpurnia.  They come to understand better why she is the way she is -- what tensions there are that affect the way she has to behave in order to get along it both white and black Maycomb.

cwilliams71 | Student

scout, at the end of the book when she stands on the radley front porch.

kirt-b | Student

the little girl with the man who put the stuff in the tree

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