Examples Of Compassion In To Kill A Mockingbird

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Compassion: A Human’s Greatest Emotion Love; the desire of the human heart. Every human yearns to love and be loved in return. This feeling builds us up and makes us strong. We all express it differently through our words and deeds. Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird reflects this deep desire in the words and actions of Atticus, Calpurnia, and Boo Radley with their compassionate nature. This trait strengthens Scout and Jem throughout their childhood years, preparing them for life’s challenges. “Atticus raised his head. ‘Do you want to tell us what happened? But she did not hear the compassion in his invitation” (249). Even in the midst of a trial Atticus’ heart soften towards the prosecuting witness, as he tries to draw the truth out of her. As humans, we tend to harden ourselves against those who we can’t agree with. Atticus’ morals often puzzle his children, especially Scout, in his effort to raise them. In the end his efforts are not in vain, as they learn valuable lessons like compassion.…show more content…
Although her doctrine is different, Calpurnia, the Finch’s black help, tries her best in fulfilling this task. She uses her home cooking to calm many situations in the house. “Perhaps Calpurnia had sensed my day had been a grim one… she knew I loved crackling bread” (40-41). With this technique she draws closer to Scout as she grows up. The love she shows towards the children compares to that of a real mother; drawing closer and building up her
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