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Posted June 4, 2011 at 3:17 AM via web

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What are some quotations that show a character displaying compassion in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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bullgatortail | High School Teacher | (Level 1) Distinguished Educator

Posted June 4, 2011 at 11:52 AM (Answer #1)

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DOLPHUS RAYMOND.  The irascible Mr. Raymond first shares his secret of the paper sack with Scout and Dill before later telling them about how passionate he feels about the treatment of black people.

"Cry about the simple hell people give other people--without even thinking. Cry about the hell white people give colored folks without even stopping to think they're people, too."  (Chapter 20)

MISS MAUDIE.  Following the trial, Jem despairs that Atticus has no supporters in Maycomb. Maudie explains that it isn't so.

"I simply want to tell you that there are some men in this world who were born to do our unpleasant jobs for us. Your father's one of them."  (Chapter 22)

SCOUT.  Like Sheriff Tate, Scout agrees that charging Boo with killing Bob Ewell would be cruel punishment. She explains why to Atticus.

"Mr. Tate was right... it'd be sort of like shootin' a mockingbird, wouldn't it?"  (Chapter 30)

ATTICUS FINCH.  Perhaps the most compassionate moment of the novel comes during Atticus' final summation to the jury at the end of the trial of Tom Robinson.

"... come to a decision and restore this defendant to his family. In the name of God, do your duty... In the name of God, believe him."  (Chapter 20)  

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