How and when does Scout show empathy in To Kill a Mockingbird?
Scout shows empathy for Walter Cunningham on her first day of the first grade when the new teacher, Miss Caroline, wants to give him lunch money, and he is too proud to accept it. Scout tries to intervene with Miss Caroline and gets in trouble for her pains. However, she does not yet have empathy for her new teacher: her understanding and sympathy are for those she knows.
Scout shows growth when she feels empathy with Mayella, a person outside her social sphere, and even in the process, shows a flash of empathy for Boo Radley too. As Mayella is testifying Scout thinks:
She was even lonelier than Boo Radley, who had not been out of the house in twenty-five years.
Scout understands that Mayella is an outcast and feels for her: whites, Scout realizes, despise Mayella and her family, but she can't very well socialize with blacks, because she has no social standing that will allow her to get away with it.
Scout, after her long fear of Boo, also shows empathy at the end of the novel when she meets...
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