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  • CatherineW
  • Aurora, Illinois, USA
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    Snail Mail

    There’s never anything like getting a letter in the mail. Or a newspaper in the morning. But in today’s society, people prefer to send a quick text, or give someone a quick phone call. But what is that doing...

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    • Catherine, I like how you included “All six words can be taken with a completely different tone of voice when read as a text” because language over text can easily be misinterpreted and unclear. In addition, I like how you related it the mental aspect it has on people and connected it to the effect it has on relationships. Great writing!

    • Cat, I love how you connected this to modern times by mentioning how easy it is to send a text message. I also love how you said that sending a letter might make someone’s day. Great job!

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    Walking in Someone’s Shoes

    In chapter three of To Kill a Mockingbird, written by Harper Lee, Atticus Finch said to Scout, “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… until you climb in his skin and...

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    • Dear Catherine,
      I am interested in your post because I really loved reading To Kill A Mocking Bird by Harper Lee when I was a freshman. Also, I remember talking about the critical judgment that the whole town had toward Boo Radley in the novel.

      One thing you said that stands out for me is “He had dominated their imaginations from the very beginning but became a symbol of goodness-of empathy- at the end.” This intrigued me because it shows how the characters let their imaginations take over to form their perception of another character in a way that was based off of false knowledge and information.

      Your post reminds me of something that happens consistently in society today. People are prone to judging other people by their appearance and information/stories that they hear from others instead of getting to know a person for who they truly are. It’s important to learn that we should always do our best to not “judge a book by its cover” as many people say, but rather judge people based on their authentic character, actions, and personality. This relates to the concepts of getting to know what people’s lives are like, learning what they are personally going through before making judgments on them, and acting like you understand them, aka “walking in their shoes”.

      Thanks so much for sharing your thoughts!

    • Catherine, I like how you talked how people really don’t understand who you truly are until you actually get to know them. I also like how you talked about how we shouldn’t always judge someone based on their “Single Story.” This also helps create a main idea of how empathizing with someone shouldn’t always be based on first impressions.

    • Dear Catherine,
      I am intrigued by your post because of your take on walking in someone else’s shoes. I’ve long admired this metaphor for empathizing and being able to connect with those outside of yourself, and it is an essential message conveyed in To Kill A Mockingbird. It makes all the more difference that children are used in the establishment of such a message in the novel, indicating how an impressionable mind contributes to and is affected by empathy.

      One thing that stands out to me is when you said “if Atticus had not told Scout that a different perspective was all that was needed to see past the single-story Boo never would have had his defining chance for redemption-for empathy.” I think this is an interesting takeaway because of how it explores Boo’s redemption as a gift from the children. There’s a hopeful feeling to that concept, that broadening one’s perspective grants someone new and enlightened definition. I also think that this was not Boo’s only chance at redemption, but the necessary one in light of Harper Lee’s purpose in To Kill A Mockingbird.

      Your analysis reminds me of something that happened to me. On more than one occasion when I was young, my parents would remind me to stick up not only for myself, but for anyone I saw who needed sticking up for, or who needed a friend. If I saw someone being treated poorly, be at their side and tell the others that they’re wrong. If someone was alone, lend them your company. Don’t let a cruel perspective silence the one that truly matters—put yourself in their shoes.

      Thank you for your project. I look forward to seeing what your write next because I value your consideration of perspective. I admire the angle you took in this piece and its connection to the children. I think you have a unique take on character and redemption, and I’d love to see more.

  • Maggie,
    I really enjoyed reading this! I think it gives a different perspective on the struggles cancer patients face, in general and dealing with COVID-19. I like the idea that using technology can help them physically and mentally in their fight. The doctors can help identify and treat their symptoms using virtual reality. And the patients can…Read More

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