To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

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How and why does Harper Lee make Boo, the town freak, have more genuine compassion and sense of values then most other Maycomb citizens?

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This is a great question because it asks us to look at characters in novels who are on the fringe of the action, the outsiders, and ask what they can teach us.

Boo is a recluse, unable to interact with Maycomb citizens on a daily basis. How might that disability (and also perhaps a choice) to retreat from society have kept him innocent and preserved from the lack of compassion and racism of Maycomb? Find some instances of racist, inconsiderate, and other inhumane actions that citizens commit in Maycomb, from Mrs. Dubose, to...

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