Kill A Mockingbird By Harper Lee
[sorrow] for another who is stricken by misfortune, accompanied by a strong desire to alleviate the suffering" (www.dictionary.reference.com). Through her character, Atticus Finch, Harper Lee displayed many acts of compassion in her novel, To Kill a Mockingbird . Atticus showed compassion to Mrs. Dubose, Tom Robinson, Mayella Ewell, and Boo Radley.
Showing compassion to Mrs. Dubose, Atticus said to Jem, "She 's an old lady and she 's ill. You just hold your head high and be a gentlemen." (Lee, page