He feels bad and promises her that they'll keep reading the paper. His great examples of empathy towards the African Americans of Maycomb, the less fortunate of Maycomb, and even his opponents in court help him to teach his Empathy is also a key moral taught by Atticus to Scout, where he instills that if this can be understood and cultivated, it will enable her to ‘get along a lot better with all kinds of folk’.

When Scout asked him why he continued to press on, Atticus answered: “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.” Atticus used the example of Mrs. Henry Lafayette Dubose to teach Jem the power of this kind of moral courage. Tom felt empathy towards Mayella the way Atticus would for anyone, and Scout saw that in him. At the beginning of the novel Atticus attempts to teach Scout what the meaning of empathy is “—until you climb into his skin and walk around in it”, he was explain how she would try to empathetic towards others, that she had to try and experience something from the other persons point of view. He shows empathy towards Scout (the narrator) when she tells Atticus that her teacher told him not to teach her how to read anymore. Atticus presents lessons in empathy several times in relation to Scout’s schoolmates, her teacher, the mob outside the courthouse, and the jury.

Empathy is the ability to understand and share the feelings with others. Atticus knows that he will lose his defense of Tom Robinson. A few examples who undoubtedly showed empathy were the main characters Jem, Atticus, and the narrator Scout Finch. In chapter 3, Atticus speaks with Scout about her first day at school.

After a difficult experience with a classmate, Atticus explains to Scout that the only way to understand a person is to "climb into his skin and walk around in it." Atticus taught the mockingbird lesson so well that Scout can understand the difference between mockingbirds and bluejays. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, there are many characters who showed the quality of empathy. Scout says that she doesn't want to go back. Scout's father, Atticus Finch, delivers the book's clearest explanation of empathy. Bailey Besta Atticus's Empathy Towards the Ewells The character Atticus Finch shows great empathy throughout the book. Although Mr. Robinson knew that just by being there he could get into so much trouble, he felt sorry for her and helped her anyway. Life Lessons from Atticus Finch. Scout wants to be like Burris Ewell and not have to go to school at all. As Atticus explains, the town authorities bend the law for the Ewells because they'll never change their ways - for instance, Mr. Ewell can hunt out of season because everyone knows he spends his relief checks on whiskey and his children won't eat if he doesn't hunt. Here, Atticus articulates the central lesson he wants to convey to Scout, which is that empathy is the key to understanding others.