People often hesitate to make changes from the fear of being looked upon differently. In To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, the character of Atticus is a white male who is a lawyer by profession. He is assigned to defend an innocent black man in a rape trial, but he faces disapproval from the society and challenges to overcoming racism, and to keep his children from its negative influence. The main theme in To Kill a Mockingbird is that outcasts like Atticus and Scout try to make changes in the society even though it is unlikely for them to overcome the odds and succeed. Atticus Finch is an outcast in the society because he is doing what he believed in, by defending a black man in a society pervaded with racism.
For example, when explaining why he took the Tom Robinson case, he says he will fight for what he thinks, even if others may not like it. Atticus states, “simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try and win” (101). Atticus took the case because he does not agree with the rest of the town’s ideas. Everyone else believes that every black man is guilty, no matter the evidence. Atticus fights for what he believes in, even if others will look down upon him for doing it.
Atticus tries to protect Scout from the racism and anger of the trial, but realizes they can 't be protected and he lets them return to the trial. Some foreshadowing shown here is, “I ain 't ever seen any jury decide in favor of a colored man over a white…” (238). Scout sees how people are judged by the color of their skin, which Scout knows is wrong in some way, even if Scout doesn 't fully understand why there is issues with it. The kids are starting to see the racism and they don 't fully understand why it 's happening.
Atticus Takes a Stand “Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win” ( Lee 101). To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, takes place in a town called Maycomb, where coloreds are looked down upon. Atticus, one of the main characters, is a father of a boy and a girl, Scout and Jem. He is assigned a case where a colored man, Tom Robinson, is accused of raping a white girl.
A white boy helps him escape, so it can hardly be seen as a racist book. In more detail, a boy, Huck, fakes his own death so he can run away from his hometown to find freedom. “Because Mary Jane 'll be in mourning from this out; and first you know the nigger that does up the rooms will get an order to box these duds up and put 'em away.” (197) This basically says that all black men are thieves. This isn’t true or else Huck would not be breaking the law to try and help Jim.
All Equality has known from himself is that he was an outcast to the society. As many people feared Equality’s differences, they told him lies. Equality’s assessment of his sin is correct because at the end of Anthem, Equality now sees his so called curse as a gift and plans to show the society how it is a great thing to be different. “We were born with a curse.”(18) Equality is gifted with knowledge and curiosity but through his life, people have taught him that he had a curse because he wasn’t
Did Atticus Finch make the right choice defending Tom Robinson? To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee is about a small town in Alabama where prejudice in the system is a constant occurrence. However, later in the novel a well-respected Lawyer, Mr. Atticus Finch. He goes on to confront the court on their misconstrued point of view and oblivion, while defending Mr. Tom Robinson in his case against the towns disgrace; the Ewells, on their accusation of Tom raping 19 year old, Mayella Ewell.
If wanting revenge means, being blind of what's happening around you, then Willie isn't able to see that he is hurting his family with such a feeling of wanting revenge. I noticed this when his wife said “You don't sound human, and I don't like it.” And Willie answered “You'll get used to it.” Also when Willie didn't let his kids go to see the white man, instead he locked them.
To begin, Tom Robinson is a black man whose voice goes unnoticed and ignored as segregation overwhelms the senses of society. This is specifically seen within the walls of the courtroom. Although Atticus prepares a strong case for him, he has no chance and the man on the stand knew this. When this was made obvious to Tom and the verdict was decided, he was devastated. He lost all hope that he previously had in Atticus and the justice system.
The Finch’s are living in a very tough time period, he must be careful about what he says to the children if he wants them to prosper. In the book, To Kill A Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, it says, “...I hope and pray I can get through it without bitterness, and most of all, without catching Maycomb’s usual disease. Why reasonable people go stark raving mad when anything involving a Negro comes up, is something I don’t pretend to understand… I just hope that Jem and Scout come to me for their answers instead of listening to the town” (Lee 88). All their father wants is for them to be prepared for what is to come later on.
In “To Kill a Mockingbird” written by Harper Lee is taken place during the Great Depression is about three children named Scout, her brother Jem, and their friend Dill who try seek to find adventure while spying on their weird and peculiar neighbor, Boo Radley. While their father Atticus, a fair and courteous lawyer tries to defend a black man from being accused from rape, leads the children to be looked at differently from other white people. In this story the theme is your social reputation doesn 't make you who you are. In the story a man named Boo Radley was known to be the creep of the town.
Bob Ewell might as well be the total opposite of Atticus when it comes to parenting because he lacks the respect that parents should have towards their children. Mr. Ewell disrespects his children in many different ways. In the novel, Bob Ewell blames his daughters sexual abuse on an innocent black man. During and towards the end of the trial, readers start to see that Tom Robinson is not guilty and start to question Mr. Ewell’s honesty. It is very obvious that Bob intentionally abused his eldest daughter.
The novel To kill a Mockingbird written by Harper Lee shows how prejudice and discrimination can influence a community. The story takes place in the 1930's during the Great Depression and uses the point of view of Scout a young girl to show how deeply effected the people were, both young and old by these discriminatory views. I believe that To kill a Mockingbird is still relevant today because many of the problems that happened in the book still happen today and although we are trying to stop discrimination by writing new laws and enforcing them it still occurs quite often. To Kill a Mockingbird still relates to today’s world because of issues in relation to sexism, racism and political injustices. Society might tell us
You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view […] until you climb into his skin and walk around in it. "This comes from a wise man by the name of Atticus. He teaches his kids lessons to get through life’s challenges. His kids, Scout and Jem, learned his lessons through many examples such as the Tom Robinson trial and seeing the innocence of Boo Radley. In this essay, we will talk about the theme on To Kill a Mockingbird which is “It is a sin to kill the innocent,” and we’ll show this by identifying the character development of Scout, motivation of Atticus, and how we can apply this to real life.