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What are some quotes about perspective from Atticus Finch, and where are they located in To Kill a Mockingbird?  

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Atticus Finch is a character that is often able to demonstrate an understanding of others's perspectives. There are several examples throughout the story that provide evidence to this point. For example, Scout's first days of school are quite challenging for her, and she doesn't care much for her teacher, Miss Caroline. Atticus encourages Scout to consider Miss Caroline's point of view. He states that it is difficult to understand another person's perspective "until you climb into his skin and walk around in it." He hopes Scout will recognize that Miss Caroline is learning about her students just as Scout is learning about her teacher.

Another example of Atticus understanding another's perspective occurs when Jem destroys the Mrs. Dubose'scamellia bushes. Jem becomes angry after Mrs. Dubose says hateful comments to the children about their father defending Tom Robinson. Atticus sends Jem to apologize to Mrs. Dubose and explains to him that Mrs. Dubose is old and ill. He says, "You can’t...

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