Atticus taught me many things about being courageous. For example, he knew he probably wasn’t going to win the Tom Robinson case yet he still gave it his all which showed his loyalty towards Tom. His children learned something from a great man like what color you are doesn’t define who you truly are inside. Lee, Harper. To Kill a Mockingbird.
In this essay, Metress speaks on how Atticus has some flaws in To Kill a Mockingbird; for example, the only thing Atticus does for change in his community was defend Tom for no charge and he did so to his best ability. Also, Atticus, when describing why he chooses to not turn down the case, uses the word “I” more than anything else, suggesting he did it for himself more than he did it for Tom or for anyone else. Metress quotes Freedman in his essay: “Here is a man who does not voluntarily use his training and skills - not once ever - to make the slightest change in the pervasive social injustice of his own
In the book "To Kill A Mockingbird" Atticus Scouts father teaches us and his kids many life lessons. My favorite life lesson Atticus teaches is "the one place where a man ought to get a square deal is in the courtroom, be any color of the rainbow, but people have a way of carrying their resentments right into a jury box. As you grow older, you'll see white men cheat black men everyday of your life, but let me tell you something and don't forget it whenever a white man does that to a black man, no matter who he is, how rich he is, or how fine a family he came from, that white man is trash." (chapter 23 page 252) This is my favorite quote because during the time in the book theirs a lot of racism going on and for Atticus a white man to say this is big. This is what makes Atticus
When Bob Ewell spat in his face and Atticus reacted very mature to show Jem how he would not let that get to him. To begin, Atticus was firm and fair. In To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus is seen as a powerful father figure in his children's lives. In addition, his steady presence keeps the children grounded. As Atticus was speaking to his kids he says “ You never understand a person until you consider things from his point of view until you climb into his skin and walk around in it” (Lee 30.)
Bob Ewell depicts the stereotypical white supremacist, Atticus on the other hand chooses his morals over the society’s expectations. When brought the case of Tom Robinson, an alleged black rapist, any lawyer in Maycomb would’ve immediately denied Tom. Atticus chose to defend him, even though he knew he had no chance of winning. He told Scout that he must argue it to uphold his sense of justice and respect, Atticus knew Tom deserved someone to fight for him. This all ties in with what Atticus told Scout,“Remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” That was the only time I ever heard Atticus say it was a sin to do something, and I asked Miss Maudie about it.
The people of Maycomb did not agree with a white man defending a black man. Bob was a abusive father towards Mayella and everyone in Maycomb knew that, but because he was going up against Tom Robinson everyone believed Bob. During this time in Maycomb the people believed that every black person was a liar. In the trial Mayella had the advantage of being white. Mayella had a plan and she executed it.
When approached by Bob Ewell after the trial, Mr. Ewell spit on Atticus’s face, but “Atticus didn’t bat an eye, just took out his handkerchief and wiped his face and stood there and let Mr. Ewell call him names” (Lee 291). Instead of lashing out and making the situation worse, he was able to keep himself contained and away from further trouble. As humans, when someone does something that they didn’t appreciate, their first thought is usually revenge. Atticus’s first thought was to not make things worse and to have that necessary self-control. If Atticus had lashed out at Mr. Ewell, the community between that town and those two groups of people would have been even more disturbed than before.
Character Analysis of Atticus Finch In the book To Kill A Mockingbird, Atticus Finch is the father of Jem and Scout Finch, and one of the best lawyers in the region. The adults of the area see Mr. Finch as a humble, honest, and courageous man, but often his children do not see him that way. But when the mad dog, Tim Johnson, is walking down the street, the children see him as the adults do. The mad dog represents the evil in the world and in the community of Maycomb. The community has gone against Atticus because of the Tom Robinson case.
. when you know you're licked before you begin but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what" (149). Another example of Atticus' courage occurs in Chapter 15, when he goes to the county jail to defend Tom from a mob seeking to lynch him. Unarmed and completely defenseless, he attempts to reason with the mob before Scout appears and amazingly disperses them. Atticus shows that true courage requires standing up for what is right, no matter the circumstances and no matter the consequences.
They are what is considered "poor white trash". The only lower class in the town were the African American people living in the town. This ties in to racial discrimination that leads to unfair society because tom Robinson is a black man that is accused of raping Mayella Ewell even though evidence contradicts he ever committed the crime. He was found guilty due to the fact he is a black man and it’s his word against a white man’s word this is an unfair society because the people of Maycomb county had to side with the Ewells even though Tom Robinson is innocent because the Ewells are white. Furthermore, this ties in with the quote that jack said “The jury couldn’t possibly be expected to take Tom Robinsons word over the Ewells” (Lee.
Atticus felt that he needed to uphold the justice. He needed to protect the innocent, because if he didn’t “[he] couldn’t hold up [his] head in the town, [he] couldn’t represent this county in the legislature, [he] couldn’t even tell [Scout] or Jem not to do something again” (100). Mr. Finch was an honest, considerate, and honorable man, who led the society down the right path and provided goodness to Maycomb County, just like a mockingbird. Mockingbirds pleasure people with their marvelous melodies and show no harm towards others. Arthur Radley, Tom Robinson, and Atticus Finch are all tormented and face being “shot down” by immoral thoughts that were permanently branded into the townspeople’s minds.