In To Kill A Mockingbird, what is an example of the golden rule in chapter 8?  

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mrshh eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The golden rule says that people should treat others in the way that they would want to be treated.  Atticus often teaches his children the golden rule by telling them to walk in other people's shoes.  He wants Scout and Jem to learn empathy.

In chapter 8 of To Kill a Mockingbird, Miss Maudie's house burns down on a cold winter night.  Neighbors and residents of Maycomb pour in to help put out the fire.  As Scout and Jem stand outside watching from a distance, they witness the people of Maycomb treating Miss Maudie in the way that they would want to be treated.  Everyone is working hard to help rescue furniture from her house and to put out the fire, despite the bitter cold and the darkness of night:

The men of Maycomb, in all degrees of dress and undress, took furniture from Miss Maudie's house to a yard across the street.  I saw Atticus carrying Miss Maudie's heavy oak rocking chair, and thought it sensible of him to save what she valued most.

Later, Scout finds out that Boo Radley had covered her with a blanket on the cold evening as they waited outside.  Boo Radley treated her with kindness, just as he would want to be treated.

davmor1973 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

The children are understandably excited at the unexpected snowfall, reckoned to be the first in Maycomb since the end of the Civil War. So they go outside and build themselves a snowman. But, it won't just be an ordinary, generic snowman; it's going to be a very unflattering representation of Mr. Avery, a neighbor who's not exactly popular with the children. Although Mr. Avery may look a little like a snowman, it's still pretty insulting of the children to make one in his image.

When Atticus comes home, he admires Jem's engineering skills at putting together the snowman. But he's none too pleased that the snowman is a rather insulting caricature of Mr. Avery. Ever the lawyer, Atticus pronounces the snowman "a near libel." More importantly, as a father, he wants the children to understand that they should treat other people as they would like to be treated. After all, they wouldn't be too pleased if someone made a snowman to look like them.

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