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There are many examples that display the need for tolerance of others in Harper Lee's novel, To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus' lesson to climb into another's skin is repeated several times. Other examples include:
- On the final page of the novel, Scout reflects upon the story that Atticus has been reading her. Stoner's Boy was suspected of various misdeeds by his friends, but it turns out that he was innocent of the accusations. Scout tells Atticus that Stoner's Boy "was real nice..." Atticus responds by telling her that "Most people are, Scout, when you finally see them." The tale of Stoner's Boy parallels the story of Boo Radley, who also turned out to be innocent of most of the accusations made against him.
- In Chapter 10, Jem and Scout discover two things about their father that they would have never suspected. Earlier in the chapter, Scout claims that "Atticus was feeble... Our father didn't do anything." But later they discover that in his youth he was the deadest shot in the county, and when Atticus kills the rabid dog, they see that his ability is still intact. They also discover through Miss Maudie that he is a superb checkers player--and that he has been letting Jem and Scout win against him on purpose. "People in their right minds never take pride in their talents," Miss Maudie told them. "There's life in him yet."
Not judging others based on their appearances or social situation is one of the main themes of this book, so that is a good topic to pick for an essay. There are so many examples of this theme, and thinking of those examples will lead you to the quotes. Take for example Boo Radley, who ends up being a hero at the end of the book, whereas before he was judged to be a "malevolent phantom" who was filled with mischief and violence. Take Mrs. Dubose, who was a cranky old lady with a nasty tongue, but ended up being super brave in her fight against morphine. Take the missionary circle ladies, who on the outside seem like charitable, well-bred women who want to help others, but are really racist, prejudiced meanies who are blind to injustice in their own town. The list goes on and on.
In chapter 11, we get great quotes about not judging from Atticus. At the very end of the chapter, he is talking to Jem about Mrs. Dubose:
"She had own view about things, a lot different than mine, maybe...I wanted you to see something about her--I wanted you to see what real courage is...she died beholdend to nothing and nobody. She was the bravest person I knew."
This quote shows quite well that even though they disagreed, Atticus did not judge her. It was a valuable lesson to be taught.
For the Walter Cunningham quotes, look in chapter 15, at the very end. For quotes on Boo, look at the end of the book after he saves the kids. For quotes on Mayella Ewell, and how she was a very lonely girl struggling to raise her siblings because her dad was a lazy, abusive drunk, look in the middle of chapter 18. All of these examples will work well to support your theme. Good luck!
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