Compassion of the Defenseless

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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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