What are some examples of the golden rule in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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litgeek2015 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

There are many examples in the text about this and they often come in the form of Atticus saying something to the children or modeling the behavior himself.

Towards the beginning of the novel he tells Scout that it is important to try and walk in another person's shoes to really understand what they are going through. This relates to the Golden Rule because in order for us to treat others as we wish to be treated, we often first need to understand how they are like us at all. It can be more difficult to treat others the way we would like to be treated if we do not see them in a positive light, and Atticus was trying to explain to Scout how important that is.

When Scout gets angry at Walter Cunningham in the schoolyard for what she perceives as him getting her into trouble with Miss Caroline, Jem steps in and stops her. Walter does not have any lunch or any money for it, and Jem invites him back to the Finch house for lunch. Scout is mad about this, but Calpurnia reminds her that he is a guest just like any other. This is another good example that one needs to treat others as they would like to be treated. Obviously Scout would not have liked to have been beaten up for not having any lunch money and then criticized for coming to lunch after being invited. In this chapter Jem, Atticus, and Calpurnia are all modeling the Golden Rule.

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