The first task is to act as if I were a blind person. It was a very hard condition for any person to experience, as I tried to walk around with my eyes shut. The only thing I could do was to listen to my surroundings in order to identify the thing or people around me. I also used my hands or a device—say a stick—to know where I am going or know what obstacles are blocking my way. However, for real blind people, I know that their other senses are heightened because of the loss of sight.
The next task is not to use the one of my limbs—either a leg or an arm—since I use these everyday. I opted to go for one of my legs; my left specifically. The one of the complexities that I encountered were the lack of mobility that I experienced as I hopped around, and dragged my supposed “dead leg”. I also constantly lost balance; had a hard time keeping myself balanced with one leg. To cope with this complexity, I used a stick to help maintain my balance and to add mobility.
The next task is to not speak, although I am allowed to converse in other forms—either sign language or writing it down on a piece of paper. At first, it is quite hard not to talk, especially when one of your siblings or one of your friends is around. It is true that a person can be social in many other ways, but talking seems to be the primary and the best way of socializing. The inability to speak is one hard condition to experience for any person as it hinders that person from socializing with others comprehensively.
The final task is to act as if I were a little person, by kneeling down; well it was four hours of pain for me. The major challenge that little people face is to reach things from higher places. Another challenge is the mobility of little people. It is hard for them to as they seem to lack the length of the leg to walk for long distances and to run. To cope with the challenges in reaching things, little people would have to use a stool in order to reach things; a stick for higher things. For mobility, they will have to pace themselves properly.
Atticus tells the children several times that they need to walk in someone else's shoes before judging a person. Describe times when Atticus, Jem or Scout walk in someone else's shoes. How does this change how they view the situations? What role does this advice play in sympathy and compassion?
'To Kill a Mockingbird' written by Harper Lee presents how one's emotions and inevitable circumstances affects the interactions that take place among people. Set in the Deep South of America in the 1930's, Atticus, a lawyer and a father attempts to educate his children (Jem and Scout) on how to abide and comprehend people.
At an early stage in the novel, Jem was able to comfortably step in someone else's shoes and view the situation from their perspective. When Jem confronted Scout after she had beat up Walter Cunningham he said, "'Come on home to dinner with us, Walter'" (Lee, Pg 25) Jem with his righteous mind and sense of initiative and maturity allowed himself to change his perspective in a way that would be greatly valued later in the novel.
Atticus Finch, a serene and lion-hearted man who was appointed a challenging case that would test his moral courage. Atticus who was not in any way coerced in his decision to defend Tom Robinson fought with desire and justice. When Scout asked him if he would win the case, Atticus responded, "'Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win'" (Ibid, Pg 84) With Atticus being Atticus he was determined to fight the racism and prejudice and at the same time view the world from another person's perspective.
Scout who had been coerced into the ladies meeting had realised the meticulous ways of what it was like to be a lady. After the horrid announcement of Tom's death, Scout was able to see just how distraught her Aunty was by the shocking new yet still retained her lady ways. Scout thought, "After all, If Aunty could be a lady at a time like this, so could I." (Ibid, Pg 262) Scout allowed herself to place others predicaments and emotions in her perspective that enhanced her own actions and interactions with those who were affected,
Scout who for many seasons and years had wondered what exactly Boo Radley had seen all his life was finally able to 'see' herself. After Scout had graciously walked Boo home, she willingly and curiously stood on Boo's front porch and mentally pictured and captured what Boo had seen all these years through his window, She thought, "Just standing here on the Radley porch was enough" (Ibid, Pg 308) Boo Radley's world was everything outside his four walls. Scout had viewed Boo's world and watched as the seasons passed and how she and Jem had grown older. It was the only life Boo Radley was exposed to.
Harper Lee's novel, 'To Kill a Mockingbird' illustrates how a father and a venerable lawyer can educate his children and other members of the community on how to show empathy towards others. Atticus Finch, the backbone of 'To Kill a Mockingbird' was able to encourage and influence others into showing compassion by his own courage employed to battle and persevere against the existence of prejudice and racism in Maycomb County.
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