TKAMB - Empathy

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  • Empathy
    • Empathy is important
      • Means you are able to understand why they act the way they do. (Atticus - Standing in someone elses shoes)
      • Atticus talks about this 4 times in the novel.
      • If the audience can empathise with the characters, there is less of a chance of them being prejudice.
    • Lack of empathy in Maycomb
      • The children (Scout) tend not to be empathetic due to their age.
      • Some of the characters lack empathy because of their prejudices.
      • But there are characters who can see past their prejudices. Eg. Mr Underwood "despises Negroes" but able to recognise the unfairness of Tom's death a writes an article about Tom's "senseless slaughter"
      • Lee indicates that if the children aren't brought up to understand the importance of empathy, they will grow up to be as prejudice as previous generations.
    • Reader supposed to empathise with certain characters
      • Jem and Scout because they're likeable characters who bring humour to the novel.
      • Start off disliking (Mayella), realise there is another side to them.
      • Don't empathise with Bob Ewell from the very start. Lee doesn't give him any redeeming qualities.

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