Atticus made a remark in chapter three of To Kill a Mocking Bird that has been apparent throughout the novel thus far. He stated, "You never understand a person until you consider things from their point of view" This quote has a lot of meaning especially because the entire town of Maycomb mistreats people because of their lifestyle and their personal history.
Scout's actions are great examples of harassing people because of their lifestyle. This is shown when Scout says to Miss Caroline " The Cunningham's never took anything they can't pay back". Scout made fun of Walter in front of the entire class by saying that his family was poor. Another persecution of Walter was when he was eating dinner at Scout's house. Walter poured syrup on his food and Scout was mad because she considered his way of eating strange as compared to hers. Scout even says to Calpurnia, "He isn't company, Cal he's just a Cunningham".
Because of Walter's lifestyle Scout thinks he's an animal.
The town of Maycomb has a tendency to judge people because of their personal history. The harassment of Boo Radley provides great examples. They even had a made up story that "eating a walnut from the Radley tree would kill you". People probably said things like that about the Radleys to stir up conversation and to get a good laugh. But they probably never took a moment to think about his feelings might be hurt.
The quote "You never understand a person until you consider things from their point of view." has been very thought provoking so far in the novel.
And there is know doubt that it will be further utilized throughout the rest of the book. Deeper in the book the citizens of Maycomb will probably become more compassionate for one another and realized they are more alike than different.