Her scintillating emerald eyes flew open, capturing the sudden moment of despair with illuminating curiosity. A delicate breeze blew carefully through the open pavilion, pulling a small lock of her hair in front of her eyes; besetting her vision. It caressed her cheek in a bothersome yet endearing way, bringing a pungent feeling back to her cheeks. She imagined a rosy color penetrating the pasty pale that must have possessed her visage. She imagined the stupefaction on the concerned faces surrounding her; suffocating her. She imagined their buzzing whispers filling the empty silence in the dry air enclosing upon them. Their eyes widened, and so did hers, as she slowly awakened from what many thought was a permanent slumber. Death.
A child’s laugh scatters through the grayed sky, inopportune for the gloom hanging in the air. woman shifts her heavy gaze upon the misunderstanding girl, echoes of her own childhood shattering her thoughts. She glances back to her innocence and nostalgia jolts through her veins; empathy jolts through her veins. Empathy is a capability unique to humans; one that allows them to understand and relate to the situations and backgrounds of others. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the main character Scout, learns about the varied differences of opinion within society and comes to terms while understanding each of those differences. Scout recognizes the importance of understanding another’s perspective- abandoning her previously provincial mindset for a mature and empathetic stance on the world surrounding her.