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To Kill a Mocking Bird Compassion and Forgiveness
Transcript of To Kill a Mocking Bird Compassion and Forgiveness
In "To Kill a Mockingbird"
by Harper Lee
Compassion is empathy for someone, understanding their suffering or misfortune.
"Yes, suh. I felt right sorry for her,
she seemed to try more'n the rest
This quote is Tom Robison in his testimony
saying how he felt sorry for Mayela Ewell. This
is because Mayella is very lonely, has to watch
lots of children, and is beaten by her father. It
shows Tom's compassion for her.
"Jem, see if you can stand in Bob Ewell's shoes a minute. I destroyed his last shred of credibility at that trial, if he had any to begin with. The man had to have some kind of comeback, his kind always does. So if spitting in my face and threatening me saved Mayella Ewell one extra beating, that's something I'll gladly take. He had to take it out on somebody and I'd rather it be me than that houseful of children out there. You understand?"
This quote is Atticus speaking to Jem about why he
let Bob Ewell threaten and spit at him. It shows his
compassion towards the children in the Ewell family
that have to deal with a drunken and violent father.
"First of all," he said, "if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view [...] until you climb into his skin and walk around in it."
This quote is about Atticus teaching Scout about compassion. It describes compassion from Atticus'
perspective, and shows what his views on the subject
Forgiveness is the act of pardoning someone or forgiving someone for something they may have done.
"It’s different this time,” he said “This time we aren’t fighting the Yankee’s, we’re fighting our friends. But remember no matter how bitter things get, they’re still our friends and this is still our home,”
This quote shows forgiveness in that while
Atticus will be going against people in court,
they're still his friends and he's willing to look
past and forgive this.
"There's one thing I truly believe, Gertrude," she continued, "but some people just don't see it my way. If we just let them know we forgive 'em, that we've forgotten it, then this whole thing'll blow over."
This quote shows an attempt at forgiveness. Mrs. Merriweather was incorrect in saying that they should forgive Tom, considering he did nothing. It should be the other way around. Still, it shows some of her views on forgiveness, however shallow they may be.
“I cleaned it up for her and said I was sorry, but I ain’t, and that I’d work on ‘em ever
Saturday and try to make ’em grow back out.”
“There was no point in saying you were sorry if you aren’t,” said Atticus.
In this quote Atticus makes Jem go to Mrs. Dubose and explain what happened with the flowers. The reason I included this quote is because it shows how forgiveness cannot be forced upon someone. Like how Jem couldn't forgive, at this time anyways, Mrs. Dubose because of what she said about Atticus.