Perspective: Miss Maudie
In the middle of the night I smelled smoke. It was probably that flue in the kitchen. This darn cold would have froze my plants if I didn’t keep them warm. The smoke got thicker. I knew I had to get out. Not long after, neighbors were all coming into my house. Such gentlemen trying to save my furniture. Atticus came running out with my heavy oak rocking chair. Meanwhile, Mr. Avery was pushing my mattress out of the window. The firemen were having difficulty with their their truck because of the cold. When they finally arrived, my house was consumed by the flames. It was charred black. My poor azaleas. The next day Jem Finch came over and said “we’re bring back your things.” I just smiled. The furniture didn’t matter to me. I always wanted a smaller house. Then there would be more room for my flowers to flourish.
Perspective: Aunt Alexandria
The ladies complimented me on the charlotte. The little dewberry tarts went over well too. “I can never get my crust like this” someone vented. I simply couldn’t take credit for the food. Calpernia made it. I couldn’t help but grin ear to ear when Jean Louise came in. She was dressed all ladylike in a pink Sunday dress, shoes, and petticoat. I couldn’t be prouder of her manners. Mrs. Merriweather was unsettling. She was complaining about how her maid was sulky and alluding to how it was my brother’s fault. God bless Miss Maudie. She defended him against her vicious words. Atticus comes in after some more banter and tells the family that Tom is dead. I didn’t think that he would die like this. I knew that Atticus had plans for an appeal. I couldn’t let it get to me. Despite the news I kept my composure and rejoined the ladies. Jean Louise needs a role model.
In To Kill A Mockingbird Atticus stresses the point of perspective. He tells the children multiple times to walk around in someone’s shoes or walk around in someone’s skin. Scout shows us that she understands this at the end of the book when she reflects on the events of her life from Boo Radley’s viewpoint. The point of this assignment was to get us to do the same. Understanding the way other people see things will give us a mature outlook. This allows us to empathize with others and avoid hate. If we take a moment to understand someone else’s mindset it can help us in everyday life. When working in groups you can workout misunderstandings and make it easier on everyone. On another level, it can help you avoid prejudice. An example in today's world would be politics. Many democrats and republicans are against each other. Labeling yourself as one or another can cause people to make assumptions about who you are as a person. By applying Atticus’s advice you can respecting each other.