What is good about Atticus's advice to Scout?  

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litlady33 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Atticus gives Scout advice frequently throughout To Kill a Mockingbird, but probably the most well-known and most often referenced is when he says:

You never really know someone until you consider things from his point of view... until you climb into his skin and walk around in it.

In other words, we cannot know a person until a have tried to look at things from his perspective. This can help us to look beyond the surface and refrain from judging a person based on appearances or little information, and in turn might help us act a bit kinder toward one-another. This advice proves to be important to Scout many times throughout the novel. It helps her make sense of others' actions, including Boo Radley and Bob Ewell. Ultimately, it teaches her to have empathy for others and refrain from judging them until she has tried to understand their circumstances. For example, Mayella Ewell is someone in the novel who comes from difficult circumstances and is considered an outsider in Maycomb. When she testifies in court, Scout is able to have empathy for Mayella because she tries to understand those difficult circumstances rather than judge her on the surface.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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