When does Atticus say, "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view"?

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ladyvols1 | High School Teacher | (Level 3) Senior Educator

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In chapter three, Scout has had a bad day at school.  She comes home in a bad mood about what had happend with her teacher and asks Atticus if she can stay at home and not return to school.  In my edition it is on page 36.  Atticus says,

"First of all," he said, "if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks.  You never really understand a person until you consider things form his point of view-"


"-Until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."

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Julie Feng | (Level 1) Associate Educator

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It depends on the copy and edition of the book, and there are so many of them out there because Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird is such a popular and widely read book. Therefore, giving the page number of the quote is generally pretty useless. 

Atticus Finch tells his young daughter Scout: "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view." 

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liciagj123 | Student, Undergraduate | (Level 1) Honors

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Inthe 5oth anniversary Edition, it'sat the end of page 39.

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user8304183 | eNotes Newbie

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Atticus really says this to Scout to tell him how to understand people better when she grows up and when she is trying to understand Jem better. Its on page 30 in my school edition book.

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zumba96 | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 3) Valedictorian

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After Scout's first day at school, she did not have the best experience and she does not want to go back to school. However, Atticus tells her how she won't understand anyone unless it is their point of view. This could also be expanded to the cruelty that the African Americans were subjected to. No one truly knew their plight except them, and they had to deal with the cruel society. 

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maria-vivanco | Student, Grade 11 | (Level 1) Valedictorian

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Atticus says this quote after scouts first day of school. She has been having a rough day and was complaining about the teacher. Atticus said this to show Scout that she just see things from another point of view in order to understand themselves actions.

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surahh | Student, Grade 9 | (Level 1) eNoter

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I have a school copy which im guessing you have since youre in 9th grade too. Its on page 30 in my book.




ps. i really hated this book.