During the trial, Ms. O’Brien stays distant from him. Because of the distance, Steve wants her true opinion of him with no biases, especially since he is Black. He wants to know who he is and wishes it would be as easy as seeing. Also, since he sees tears in his father’s eyes and sees people second-guess his character, his self-doubt is reaffirmed. In his diary entry, Steve uses the word ‘real’ because he wants people to see the non-superficial side of him.
Throughout the book Atticus faces many conflicts that he handles very well, making him the hero of the story. When responding to conflict, Atticus Finch shows to be a very responsible man. Atticus states “...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 household of children out there.” (Lee Page 218) Atticus knew that beacuse he had humiliated Bob Ewell in court that Bob would be very angry. He knew that
“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear” (Nelson Mandela). This quote by Nelson Mandela reminds me of Atticus in the story To Kill a Mockingbird. Atticus had enough courage to overcome any obstacle that stood in front of him defending him, his family, and Tom Robinson. In the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee many of the characters have similar traits.
Dolphus Raymond shows courage through his beliefs of racial equality and how you should follow your instincts when it comes to love, skin color doesn’t matter. Courage is shown through his actions of marrying a black woman knowing he will be judged, but still doesn’t care. The words Dolphus has told to the children about our society not being caught up with the things as much as he has and keeping an optimistic view of the future knowing we will someday be at a state or racial equality, also show courage.Throughout this novel, Harper Lee proved courage isn’t that heroic figure who holds that gun in his hand but also someone who is self-less. Courageous people will conquer their fears beyond others judgements and negative
They all live in the small town Maycomb. There lives were pretty quiet until Tom Robinson’s case. Tom Robinson is a good black man who was accused of repeing Mayella Ewell a white women. Many might say that Atticus should not have taken this case. Atticus is a fair man who sticks to his believes so it does make sense for Atticus to take this stand.
Atticus Finch, Boo Radley, and Tom Robinson are all portrayed as the mockingbird for many reasons that are all different to each other. Atticus Finch is considered a mockingbird because he does not show any type of prejudice. An example of this is when Atticus takes on Tom Robinson's alleged rape court case. This shows a lot of courage and attitudes of a mockingbird because he knows that the case is going to be very hard because it is a white man's word against a black mans. Even though Atticus does not win the court case, which he should have because all the evidence was showing that Tom Robinson did not rape Mayella Ewell, but rather she was lying about it to cover up her abusive father, Atticus reassures Tom that he will
Jim teaches Huck how it is wrong to trick people, but he also helps Huck learn how it is wrong to think negatively of other people simply because of their race. Huck does not think that Jim has the same feelings as a white individual, but Jim being upset causes Huck to learn that an African American does not enjoy being fooled, just like a white person. Through this quotation, it is also seen that Huck believes that he previously was superior to Jim. Huck says that he ‘humbles’ himself to Jim as if Jim is below him. Huck, through Jim's reaction, learns how someone's race does not determine who they are as a person and also that race does not make someone superior or inferior to someone else.
The Importance of Courage The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy- MLK Jr. This quote is the perfect way to summarize the important lessons learned by Jem and Scout Finch in To KIll A Mockingbird. They learn these important lessons through various events and characters such as Tom robinson and his trial, Atticus Finch, and Mrs.Dubose. These events and characters shape Jem and Scout and the reader learns these lessons vicariously through them. In To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee the development of the characters of Jem and Scout display the importance of Courage as well as the evils of racism and prejudice.
Though both Boo and Mrs.Dubose are both influential to the children, Atticus teaches them the most about courage. It is through defending black man Tom Robinson that he teaches Jem and Scout the importance of standing up for what you believe in. Atticus knew that there was little chance of acquitting Tom but he believed that he could somehow make a difference in the way that black people were prosecuted. He realizes that it would put both his children and himself at risk but Atticus knows that helping Tom is the right thing to do and thus, carries out the job.This is an act so courageous that his brother compares him to Christ by making the comment "let this cup pass from you, eh?" (Chapter 9).
When chosen to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of rape, he must`decide to truly defend Robinson or not. Atticus’ choice to protect him shows immense integrity and dignity although it earns him cruel criticism from his neighbors and family. When Scout asks Atticus why he took the case, he replies that he would never be able to ask Jem and Scout to mind him again if he didn’t take the case. Atticus would have lost his dignity and respect for himself if he hadn’t attempted to save Tom Robinson from an unjust fate. One can only strive to attain such integrity and dignity as the character of Atticus