What is some evidence and support for one of the following themes from "To Kill a Mockingbird":1.  One must walk in another's shoes2.  It is a sin to kill a mockingbirdchapter 31 only...

What is some evidence and support for one of the following themes from "To Kill a Mockingbird":

1.  One must walk in another's shoes

2.  It is a sin to kill a mockingbird

chapter 31 only please

please help! i need a long and concrete explanation

Thank you!

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ms-mcgregor eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Chapter 31 brings the novel to a close and wraps up all the loose ends. Scout has matured and learned what Atticus meant when he said "you never really know a man until you stand in his shoes." She has learned this lesson in two ways. First, she has learned that Boo Radley is a friend. He has saved her life and as she walks him home she says that she realizes she and Jem have been Boo's children, too. He has been watching over them throughout the novel. He gave them gifts, put a blanket around Scouts shoulder during the fire at Miss Maudie's and witnessed Bob Ewell attacking them. In the end, Boo risked his own life to save both Jem and Scout. Secondly, she realizes the inequalities of the social system in Maycomb through the trial and ultimate death of Tom Robinson. She saw her father defend a man no one else would and prove that he was innocent of the crime with which he was charged. She also experienced Tom's distrust of the system when he tried to run away and was killed. She can now understand how both Boo and Tom were "mockingbirds" who did no harm to other people. By standing in their shoes, so to speak, she saw how both were treated poorly by society yet they had done society no wrong. Now, she says, the only thing left for her to learn is Algebra. I'm sure that's an understatement but certainly the stories of Boo and Tom that are weaved together in the novel has served to teach both Scout and the reader important lessons of life.

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