Compassion of the Defenseless
By 3ellagebke, Updated
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By agreeing to defend Robinson, Atticus is demonstrating compassion towards an unfair and and biased case.
"There's nothing more sickening to me than a low-grade white man who'll take advantage of a Negro's ignorance" (296).
Jem's sympathy for the roly poly relates to the theme "compassion for the defenseless" because Jem recognizes the bug's innocence and helplessness.
They don't bother you" (320).
In chapter 10, Scout and Jem are taught to have compassion for the defenseless when Atticus told them that killing a mockingbird was a sin. Miss Maudie explained this by saying, "Mockingbirds don't do one thing but make music for us to enjoy" (119).
"Remember, it's a sin to kill a mockingbird" (119).
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