Macy Wilks S. Brewer English 9 16 October 2013 To Kill a Mockingbird To Kill a Mockingbird has several themes such as compassion, sympathy, and compassion. The author, Harper Lee, did an amazing Job showing these themes many times during the whole book. Throughout this book example several examples of each are found. Compassion is shown when Atticus Finch is kind to Ms. Dubose despite the harsh words she spoke about him. One of the examples of sympathy is when all the black people stood up in the court room even though Atticus had lost the case.
Tolerance is shown many times throughout the entire book, but is shown the most when Ms. Dubose verbally harasses Atticus to his children and his neighbors and Atticus choose to tolerate them and do nothing about them. Compassion is a strong lesson that is taught during the entire book. Compassion is showing kindness to those who may not deserve it or are in a struggling time. Atticus shows a lot of compassion for Tom Robinson by taking his case and working endlessly trying to prove that Tom is innocent of a crime in which he did not commit.
This time we aren’t fghting the Yankees, we’re fighting our friends. But remember this, no matter how bitter things get, they’re still our friends and this is still our home. ” (27) This is what Atticus tells Scout regarding the case. In this quote it shows that Atticus is not afraid to stand up and show compassion to a man who needs it even though he know he will be criticized for it by his friends. Moreover, sympathy is shown also throughout the book. Sympathy is feeling sorry for someone else’s misfortunes. Scout and Jem show sympathy towards Ms.
Dubose when they found out about her addiction to morphine. They start to get sympathy because they feel bad that she is fading and slowly dying because of the addiction. Atticus shows sympathy when he puts the dog out of its misery. He does this because he understands that the dog is suffering and it would be easier for him to Just kill him. When Dill runs away and Atticus opens up their home and allows Dill to stay he shows sympathy towards Dill. Atticus does this because he understands that Dill is upset at his mom and his step dad for some reason and does want to go home.
However, Tolerance is probably the most shown out of these three because of the patience Atticus and others show throughout the book. Tolerance is the act of putting up with something even though it is annoying or rude. The example before about Atticus and Ms. Dubose is an extremely good example because of the fact that Atticus Just ignores it. “They’re certainly entitled to think that, and they’re entitled to full respect for their opinions… but before I can live with other folks I’ve got to live with myself. ” (35) In this quote
Atticus shows true tolerance because not only he ignores it, but he tells his children, Jem and Scout, to ignore it also. Even though Ms. Dubose speaks truly harsh words respects her opinion and does nothing. Atticus could easily get mad and act out, but he chooses not to, therefore, showing tolerance towards Ms. Dubose. In the book To Kill a Mockingbird there are several different. The three strongest themes are compassion, sympathy, and tolerance. Atticus is the one who introduces most of these themes with his actions and words throughout the entire book.
There are also several others who show these qualities during the book. Atticus shows compassion by taking the Tom Robinson case and trying to prove Tom innocent. The black men in the court room show sympathy by standing in honor of Atticus even though he had lost the case. It is also shown through Jem and Scout when they find out about Ms. Dubose’s morphine addiction. Tolerance is also shown through Atticus when he puts up with Ms. Dubose’s harsh words. Works Cited Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird. J. B. Lippincott Company, 1960.