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Retika 1 Chloe Retika Ms. Dinh English 9 Honors 1 Mar 2017 Walk As I Am Many people have the ability to share or feel the thoughts or feelings others are experiencing when presented with pressing issues such as war, death, and disease. However, only a percentage of the population is able to empathize, even in unimportant situations, with someone who nobody understands and everybody dislikes. In the book To Kill A Mockingbird , by Harper Lee, Atticus repeatedly emphasizes with people who are regarded with distaste by his receptive audience. When Scout complained about her dreadful experience at school by the hands of Miss Caroline, Atticus gave a dictum to her to place herself in her teacher’s shoes. Although the Ewells frequently commit crimes, Atticus was able to view things from their perspective. He once again was able to empathize with his daughter’s feelings on being forced to become someone she was not, even though her actions went against the proper way of society. Scout’s first day of grade school spiraled into a dismal mood as she was picked on by Miss Caroline in an unjustified manner. Scout’s literacy was dismissed by her disgruntled teacher, who pompously told her that she would “‘take over from here and try to undo the damage’” (Lee 23). This was a personal insult to Scout, who could not see anything wrong with her ability to read. Miss Caroline also punished Scout for informing her about Walter Cunningham’s lack of money, suspicious that her student was merely trying to snide her. Scout returned home to Atticus and defeatedly tells her father about the events that had occurred that day. Instead of siding with the obviously hurt person in the situation, Atticus gives her daughter a
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