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Atticus Finch Justice

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“You may choose to look away, but you may never say that you did not know” (William Wilberforce). In To Kill a Mockingbird Atticus Finch juggles being a single father to his two children and practicing law in his small town. When Atticus defends a young black man who is being accused rape, the town of Macomb becomes polarized on the case and the trial reveals many truths about the people of the Maycomb. Atticus Finch works passionately to fight for the minority, which amplifies the importance of justice. Atticus Finch sees the unjust ways of his town Maycomb and works to find justice. Tradition is not always right, fair, or just and Atticus teaches his children just that in order for them to see what is right. "Simply because we were licked…show more content…
Although there is a promise of failure Atticus will not stop on his fight for justice. In order for his children to see the difference in how the world is and how it should be Atticus is constantly teaching them about the unfairness and unjust ways around them. Using your higher status in society to belittle and discriminate against those below you is an appalling act that according to Atticus Finch makes you trash. ‘“As you grow older, you 'll see white men cheat black men every day of your life, but let me tell you something and don 't you 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 comes from, that white man is trash”’ The metaphor “that white man is trash” is used when Atticus is explaining to his son the unjust racist ways of their small town. Comparing a white man to trash when he is cheating a black man shows that Atticus does not accept the the racism and narcissistic ways in his town, and seeks for his son to not accept them either. Atticus teaches his children to strive for justice not only for others lives, but also in their own lives. Atticus makes it clear to his family and the sheriff that justice will not stop at the front door of his home.‘“But, nobody 's
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