Are there any quotes from "To Kill a Mockingbird" that demonstrate compassion?Three would be sufficient enough!!!:D Please help me!And also anything that would describe the characters who...

Are there any quotes from "To Kill a Mockingbird" that demonstrate compassion?

Three would be sufficient enough!!!:D Please help me!

And also anything that would describe the characters who demonstrate this theme of compassion!

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You are right.  There are ample amounts of quotes illustrating compassion.

Atticus tells Scout on page 30 "'.  . . if you learn, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks.  You never really understand a person until you consider things fomr his point of view --.'"  This gets at one of the main themes of the novel: empathy.  Atticus is always striving to have empathy, regardless of who he is dealing with.  Even when Bob Ewell spits in his face, Atticus doesn't get mad.  Instead, he sees things from Ewell's point of view.  As a lawyer, Atticus must do this, but it also reveals a lot about what kind of a man Atticus is.

Another good quote comes during the trial when Scout views Mayella up on the stand and ponders "I wondered if anybody had ever called her 'ma'am' or 'Miss Mayella' in her life; probably not, as she took offense to routine courtesy.  What on earth was her life like?" (182).  Later Scout concludes that she must be one of the loneliest people on earth.  Now, this is not pity coming from Scout.  She is simply offering Mayella what compassion she can.

Finally, a third example is from Aunt Alexandra in Ch. 24 when she is showing compassion for Atticus.  They have battled over many things, but she sees the toll it is taking on him and she tells Miss Maudie, "'I can't say I approve of everything he does, Maudie, but he's my brother, and I just want to know when this will end'" (236).  

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