In chapter thirty-one of To Kill a Mockingbird,in what way does scout demonstrate sensitivity amd compassion in the previous and final chapter.

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She notes that putting Boo on trial would be like shooting a mockingbird; that is, causing harm to someone who has done nothing wrong (nothing but providing help or 'singing a song.') There is also the compassionate moments when she sits with Boo and walks him home. I think one of the most poignant moments is when Scout, after having walked Boo home, stands on his porch and looks out. This is the first time she's had this physical perspective of her street and this is analogous to looking at the world from the perspective of others; particularly those who society has outcast.

"You never really know a man until you stand in his shoes." This is Atticus' line and its message is constant throughout the novel: the Cunninghams, Tom Robinson, Boo, Ms. DuBose, etc.

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