Compassion Is a Verb

617 Words Jan 27th, 2018 3 Pages
“‎Imagine that every person in the world is enlightened but you. They are all your teachers, each doing just the right things to help you learn perfect patience, perfect wisdom, perfect compassion” (Gautama Buddha). Harper Lee demonstrates this quote in the book, To Kill a Mockingbird. In the book, Scout and Jem, who are siblings, lives in a town called Maycomb with their father, Atticus. Later, they get in a situation where Atticus defends an African American, Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson was accused of raping a white girl, Mayella Ewell. Maycomb people get very disappointed at Atticus because of defending a black person, but they find out that the court appointed Atticus. Still, Atticus didn’t want the children to know that he was appointed because he wanted them to know that he himself wants to defend Tom Robinson. At the court, Atticus tries his best to defend Tom, but unfortunately they lose. Tom Robinson gets shot and dies when he was trying to escape from the prison. In the court, Bob Ewell, father of Mayella, speaks very aggressively and rudely as well as Mayella. In the other hand, Atticus speaks very gently and politely as well as his kids, Jem and Scout. Through her characters, Mayella, Bob Ewell, Atticus, Jem, and Scout, Harper Lee shows that compassion is learned rather than innate.

Mayella gets taught prejudice by her father, Bob Ewell. When Bob Ewell is in the court to testify, he had a very bad manner towards the people in the court,…

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