How is Scout compassionate in To Kill a Mockingbird?

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Overall, compassion is not one of Scout Finch's primary character traits. She tends to be self-righteous and to focus on her family. However, over the course of the novel, Scout develops a stronger sense of compassion. We see this through her attitudes toward Calpurnia, the Robinson family, and Arthur (Boo) Radley.

Scout has taken Calpurnia for granted. When Atticus goes out of town, the housekeeper takes the Finch children to church in her African American community. Scout suddenly sees that Calpurnia is a real person with a real life, and she later asks her father if they can visit her at home.

After viewing the trial, Scout gains some understanding of the biased justice system. She and her brother are dismayed at the conviction and death sentence. When Tom is imprisoned and then shot, she is concerned about his family.

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