While reading the novel, “To Kill a Mockingbird”, by Harper Lee between chapters 1-12, I came across this quote that I resonated with a lot. Near the end of chapter 3, Atticus Finch advises his daughter, Scout Finch on how to better comprehend and get along with people. After having a horrible first day of school, Scout now has to deal with her new teacher, Miss Caroline and her ridiculous demands. When she exclaims to Atticus that she would prefer not to go back to school, he replies with “…that if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lt better with all kinds of folks.” His statement is as plain as day, Atticus is encouraging Scout to look at this situation differently. The message that he is trying to get across is that “climbing into a person’s skin” is simply expanding one’s perspective of something by broadening their point of view. It reflects some of the dominating themes of racism and prejudice throughout the novel by referring to “skin”. Scout Finch lives in a neighbourhood, populated by older individuals. From her constant interactions with adults such as her older brother Jem Finch, Dill Harris, kind Miss Maudie, Calpurnia and her father, she does not yet understand that she is not equal to an adult. She finds it so difficult to understand why Miss Coraline found the need to scold and punish her as she was only trying to help. She didn’t take it into consideration that her behaviours when viewed in Miss Coraline’s perspective were disrespectful and impudent. Through her father’s lesson she realizes that Miss Coraline made an honest mistake in regards to Walter Cunningham, but that she damaged Miss Coraline’s sense of importance and authority by already knowing how to read and by informing her of the other children. This quote not only allows Scout to gain perspective and empathy for the others by applying it to her life, but it also teaches us about Atticus Finch himself. It demonstrates Atticus’ wisdom and mentality, though he is a white man with white privileges, he doesn’t let his skin colour define who is. He doesn’t want to be defined by his appearance, but moreso based on his individuality. He understands that people of all shapes, colour or gender have their own point of view on things and that they must be taken into consideration. He acknowledges the fact that there are always two sides to a story, and that one must not jump to conclusion without understanding both sides. Thus far, he seems like a father who you can talk to about any problems you may be having and will try his best to understand the situation without having to jump to any conclusions. Scout has yet to demonstrate this lesson, but I believe that throughout the book she will put good use to it. Right after being scolded by Miss Coraline’s she beats up Walter Cunningham, for getting her in trouble, which indicates her not demonstrating the lesson as thought Jem does invite him over for dinner, she is disgusted by his eating behaviours. If she had learned of Atticus’ lesson sooner she wouldn’t have spoken and felt as disgusted about Walter as she did. She didn’t seem to feel much remorse for beating him up, as she also speaks up about the way he eats. She doesn’t understand that his family is extremely poor and cannot afford to have much, they are poor to the point where Mr. Cunningham pays Atticus with nuts and other goods, to compensate for legal help. Calpurnia does put her in her place, but this could have been a good place for her to have demonstrated her father’s lesson if she had known earlier. The themes of racism and prejudice are something that I can relate to on a personal level. Racism and prejudice is something that continues to live with us in our daily life. It is still a relevant topic of our society and continues to thrive. Just last week, I was given an assignment in history class; I was to tell a story of one time where I was racially discriminated against, the sad truth was that I had more than one story to share. Now things are different, I could be a millionaire for the amount of times people think that “I have had it easy”. It’s a surprise for many, even for those who are close to me when they discover that I was in the ESL program for a majority of my childhood. Being an immigrant and having to start everything from scratch when I came to Canada was quite difficult, especially for my parents. We have faced many difficulties from our race to our religion. The first few years were the hardest, it was very difficult for my parents to find a stable income to provide for my brother and I, we faced discrimination very often. At first it was difficult to even make friends due to my heavy accent, and I was judged constantly. If people could have “climbed in my skin and walked around in it” they would be surprised as to how much I’ve seen and had to face growing up. Nothing about being an immigrant is easy; therefore people have no right to judge me or my family just because they feel that their race, religion or even gender is of superiority in comparison to mine.