How are the residents of Maycomb, Alabama compassionate and forgiving in To Kill a Mockingbird? I am writing a five paragraph essay for to kill a mocking bird my topic is compassion and forgiveness my thesis is in the small town of Maycomb Alabama the friends and family are very compassionate and forgiving. I just need another sentence or two to get me going. Please help!

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In many cases, the residents of Maycomb are racist and discriminatory.  Yet there are instances where they are supportive of one another, exemplifying Southern hospitality.  For example, during the fire at Miss Maudie’s house, everyone comes out and Mr. Avery risks his life.  Similarly, when the rabid dog comes out many people pitch in to get rid of the danger.

Many adults are protective of the children, and try to provide them with guidance.  Of course, the children are not always open to criticism from adults such as Miss Stephanie Crawford and Mrs. Debose.  The fact that everyone looks after the children of the town as their own indicates a close-knit community.


Families like the Finches are kind and protective toward the less fortunate.  Atticus accepts payment in goods and services when people can’t pay in money.  When Walter Cunningham comes home for lunch, he is treated like a guest and Scout is scolded for not being polite to him just because he’s poor.

 In general, the people of Maycomb do help each other and reach out to each other.  Although they are usually only kind to those they view as their equal, there are many who do not hold with the beliefs of society.  The Finches are not the only family that sees people as equals.  Dolphus Raymond is another example, since he married a black woman and only pretends to be miserable so other folks won’t feel uncomfortable

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