Can you give me at least two examples that express the theme "Individuals have a responsibilitiy to protect the innocent" in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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One example of this comes during the children's constant attempts to "make Boo Radley come out." Although Atticus does not know about the gifts that Jem and Scout receive in the secret knothole of the oak tree, he does recognize that their actions are intrusive, and he orders them to "stop tormenting that man." Later, the children come to realize that Atticus is right; Boo's acts of kindness--mending Jem's shorts and warming Scout with a blanket on the night Miss Maudie's house burns--teach them that he is not a man to be feared, and they finally understand that Boo's self-imposed reclusiveness should be honored.

Another example comes during Scout's and Dill's talk with Dolphus Raymond. Scout tells Raymond that

     "Atticus says cheatin' a colored man is ten times worse than cheatin' a white man."

Raymond agrees, telling her that Dill's crying in the courtroom stems from his crying 

"... about the hell white people give colored folks without even stopping to think that they're people, too."

Atticus's own advice to Jem concerning it being "a sin to kill a mockingbird" can be interpreted in two ways: The killing of beautiful, innocent songbirds is sinful, as is the harmful treatment of the symbolic human mockingbirds in the story, such as Tom and Boo.  


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