Being empathetic is an important skill one must learn in their lifetime. To understand the true meaning of empathy, Scout must ?put herself in others shoes,? in order to have experience of dealing with people?s different behaviors in the story. In To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, Lee shows how Miss Caroline, Mrs. Dubose, and Boo Radley?s character all had an effect on Scout?s journey of learning how to be empathetic and ultimately embodies the idea of thinking from someone else?s point of view.
Scout?s encounter with Miss Caroline?s character pushes her to start understanding Atticus? concept of ?putting yourself into someone else?s shoes,? which causes her to become aware of the idea of empathy. Although Scout was just a child at the start of the story, she always had the drive in her to learn new things, and to try and act as mature as she could. On her first day of school, she had encountered Miss Caroline?s strict, inflexible character, who told her she couldn?t read anymore. This situation of meeting someone who told her she couldn?t act the way she wanted to made Scout confused and not want to go back to school. ?Bit by bit, I told him the day?s misfortunes. ?-And she said you taught me all wrong, so we can?t ever read any more,