How can I support Atticus' lesson to"climb into his skin and walk around in it" to Scout in Chpt 3/To Kill a Mockingbird? Don't write an essay for me, I just need a little help, thanks:) Oh...

How can I support Atticus' lesson to"climb into his skin and walk around in it" to Scout in Chpt 3/To Kill a Mockingbird

Don't write an essay for me, I just need a little help, thanks:)

Oh and this was the full quote: "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."

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mwestwood | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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If, as it seems to be indicated, the essay needs to be concerned about actions limited from Chapters 1 to 3, then perhaps you can develop what Scout herself says:

Atticus said I learned many things today, and Miss Caroline had learned several things herself.

Scout continues, declaring that Miss Caroline has learned not to hand something to a Cunningham--which Scout tried to tell her.  But, Scout reflects, had she been Miss Caroline, she would not have known not to do what she did.

So, reviewing the first day of school from inside the skin of Miss Caroline presents several obstacles:  She does not know anyone, she knows nothing about their way of life, and she is new at teaching.

Placing the focus of your essay on being inside Miss Caroline's skin, as Atticus's metaphor describes taking on a different perspective, may be the direction in which to go since supporting details can be gleaned from the chapters previous to Chapter Three.

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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So are you looking for situations that seem to show that Atticus was right to say this?  I hope so...

I guess one thing that you can say is that this is essentially the Golden Rule just put in different words.  The Golden Rule says you do to others as you would have them do to you.  When you do that, you are looking at that other person as being equal to you.  When you put yourself in their skin, you are trying to do the same thing.

The time that I use this most is when I am dealing with my daughter who is now about to be 8.   I can really clearly remember much of what it felt like to be that age (or I think I can).  And so when she does stuff, I try to look at it from her point of view (or what I remember of mine from that age).  I try to understand what she is thinking and that often helps me know how to deal with her.  I did the same thing a lot when I was teaching high school students.

So I would talk about things like that.  Times when you have tried to see someone else's point of view and how that might have helped you be more understanding to that person.

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