How does Tom Robinson show morals in the novel To Kill a Mockingbird? I need quotes to prove itthank you very much:D

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Tom Robinson shows a strong moral sense by the way he acts toward Mayella Ewell. On the day that he allegedly raped her, he actually entered her house because she was asking him for help. He knew that it was dangerous for him as a black man to be inside a house alone with a white woman, but he wanted to help her.

As Tom is being cross-examined by the prosecutor, he is asked if he was willing to help Mayella without being paid for it. Tom said,

“ Yes, suh. I felt right sorry for her, she seemed to try more’n the rest of ‘em—“

This statement gets Tom into some trouble, as a black person was not supposed to feel sorry for a white person in that time and place. But it does show that Tom was willing to help someone that he felt compassion for. Unfortunately, it ended up costing him his life.

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To Kill a Mockingbird

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