To Kill a Mockingbird - Atticus Speech analysis

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“You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, … until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”(Page 33 To Kill A Mocking Bird)This statement made by atticus reflects his views on prejudice and justice. The aim of this discussion is to show the different perspectives and views of some of the characters in To Kill a Mockingbird. The three points of view that I will present in my discussion of this statement are: Bob Ewell’s extreme prejudices towards blacks, Atticus’s fairness and Boo Radley’s innocence. Atticus Finch, father of Jem and Scout is the fairest citizen of Maycomb “a tired old town” in Alabama. Boo Radley is an intelligent child emotionally damaged by his cruel father.

Bob Ewell is considered by many to be white trash because of his way of living and his alcohol addiction. Unlike Atticus, Bob Ewell is unable to see other people’s points of view.

This is why he lashes out on Mayella after seeing her kiss Tom Robinson. He does not understand his daughter who was lonely and that this was why she tried to seduce the innocent Tom Robinson. Bob reacted violently to this saying, “you god damn whore, I’ll kill ya” and beating her around the head. This is an example of his prejudice towards Negroes. If it were a white man that Mayella tried to kiss, it would be unlikely that Bob would have beaten her and reported him to the police. Another example of his prejudice and inability to see things from another’s point of view is when he confronts and threatens Atticus after the court hearing. Bob does not understand that Atticus was only doing his job in defending Tom. He was not, as Bob thought, out to...