What are the most significant personal and/or societal examples of one OR both of these themes in To Kill a Mockingbird? The themes are: "the need to show compassion" and "the need to have a...

What are the most significant personal and/or societal examples of one OR both of these themes in To Kill a Mockingbird

The themes are: "the need to show compassion" and "the need to have a conscience." Any examples would help. :) 

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CONSCIENCE. Scout comes to regret all of the attempts to make contact with Boo Radley even before he saves the children's lives. She recognizes that it must have been "sheer torment" for him:

I sometimes felt a twinge of remorse...  (Chapter 26)

Jem's conscience bothers him after keeping all of Boo's gifts a secret from Atticus, and on the night of Miss Maudie's house fire he breaks down.

     Jem seemed to have lost his mind. He began pouring out our secrets right and left without regard for my safety...  (Chapter 8)

COMPASSION. Scout's anger at Walter Cunningham Jr. eventually turns to compassion, especially after she is chewed out by Calpurnia for her ungracious behavior concerning Walter's use of syrup at the dinner table. She sees that Walter is not "trash" and wants to invite him back to her house, although Aunt Alexandra forbids it. Scout also feels compassion for Boo at the end of the story, realizing that Sheriff Tate's decision to call Bob Ewell's death self-inflicted is best for all concerned.

     "Mr. Tate was right... it'd be sort of like shootin' a mockingbird, wouldn't it?"  (Chapter 30)

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