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In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird Harper Lee tells the story of Scout and Jem two young children who learn about racism and injustice in the small town of Maycomb Alabama in the 1930s The childrens father Atticus is a lawyer who is appointed to defend Tom Robinson a black man unjustly accused of rape It is through this trial as well as through other characters that the children learn about the injustices of the world and the need for compassion a trait that demands that we rise above our selves and see things from another point of view This different perspective is the crux of compassion for it is only by understanding anothers point of view that we can truly empathize and have compassion for someone who is different from us It is through compassion that one understands why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird those creatures and people who do no harm and need our understanding Finally it is through compassion that we can overcome human weakness such as prejudice and injustice and act with integrity and courage In To Kill a Mockingbird Arthur Radley Mayella Ewell and Tom Robinson are three characters that demonstrate the need for compassion One of the few characters that deserve compassion in this novel is Arthur Boo Radley His father prohibits him from leaving the house and having any contact with the rest of Maycomb Thus it is just about impossible for him to even live a normal life Moreover Arthurs mysterious lifestyle inevitably leads to frequent false accusations that more than hurt his reputation From Arthur Radley Jem and Scout as well as the reader learns that what one may think of another may not be true until they completely understand things from that individuals standpoint As Mrs Maudie says it they dont do one thing but sing their hearts out for us Thats why it is a sin to kill a mockingbird
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