Monday, September 19, 2016
Understanding someone else
Atticus Finch is an intellectual individual from To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee. He is a lawyer and quite wise. In the book he says, "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view." I'm sure many would consider what he said into different meanings and they could all be correct. To explain further, he is talking about a boy who's family has very little money but what he said could be generalized to any person. In simpler terms, what he means is that no one can know why someone does something unless you live the same way they live, or do as they do. He said this because they had a little poor boy over for dinner and his daughter, scout questioned the way he ate. Most children don't realize that everyone is raised different and that affects the way they act. Scout had not grown up the same way the other little boy did so she shouldn't be questioning the way he does things. People are shaped when growing up. They learn to do this and not to do that but everyone is brought up differently. and of course this poor boy doesn't get food often but when he did he ate a lot and that makes sense. Scout was privileged enough to have a meals everyday so she wouldn't be able to understand why the boy ate the way he did. Atticus wanted to let scout know that their family, who eats plenty wouldn't understand the struggles a poor family has, whether it be food, education, or clothing wise. Scout most likely learned from what her father said. She would know that from now on she won't be able to judge someone properly until she has lived the way they have lived.