Sympathy, Courage, And The Representation Of This Quote Essay

1184 Words Nov 7th, 2015 5 Pages
“Compassion brings us to a stop, and for a moment we rise above ourselves,” - Mason Cooley.
Compassion is a valuable part of Harper Lee’s novel ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’, and the representation of this quote can be shown throughout various spots in the novel. Compassion is a rare trait to have, and the people who do acquire it often prosper in academics as well as social skills. Lee does an extraordinary job of showing how being compassionate allows one to thrive and achieve remarkable goals all through your life. Compassion is a peculiarity that is developed from multiple traits such as respect, courage, and sympathy, and it is not an easy characteristic to learn to have.
Atticus, Scout’s father, is a small town lawyer in the 1930’s whose altruistic idiosyncrasy is only met by his ability to show compassion to those who show none back. Atticus shows various signs of being compassionate throughout the novel but the most clear example is his willingness to be respectful and courteous to Mrs. Dubose despite her insults. Mrs. Dubose is a morphine addicted elderly woman who spends the greater part of her day monotonously provoking the townspeople as they walk by her house. Scout, Jem, and Atticus are the primary subjects of her wrath, and although Atticus is aware of the disrespect that she shows him, he shows nothing but kindness, respect, and generosity back to her. Atticus’s second most clear act of being compassionate is him choosing to defend Tom Robinson despite the town’s…

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