Atticus Hero's Journey

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To Kill a Mockingbird, by Harper Lee, tells a story about a lawyer going through a journey where he faces many difficult tasks. My hero, named Atticus Finch, decided to defend the black man named Tom Robinson. Many people in the story wanted to kill Tom because of revenge. However, Atticus tries to prevent Tom’s death, even though Tom’s death was inevitable. There are reasons why Atticus does defend Tom; one reason, from a reader’s perspective, Tom Robinson is one of the mockingbirds in the story. Killing a mockingbird was a sin,” ...but remember it’s a sin to kill a mockingbird.” (Lee 119). In psyche theory, Leon F Seltzer explains the difference between revenge and justice. Atticus is a good example of someone who attempts to show the all…show more content…
Atticus did show true justice with a lot of grit and fight. Despite the many critics attacks on Harper Lee’s Atticus Finch, Atticus did put up a good fight proving that he had a chance to free Tom Robinson. When a hero’s journey begins, the hero leaves his “ordinary world” to start his long journey to do what he or she needs to do. Atticus’s “ordinary world” is living a life as a father,”Our father didn’t do anything. He worked in an office.” (Lee 118). Atticus’s journey started when all of a sudden words around Maycomb, the story took place in, spread that a black man was reproached of raping a white girl. majority of white people in Maycomb wanted to kill that black culprit. Even though many people wanted to kill the black man due to his atrocity, US law must give everyone a chance to a trial. Tom Robinson - the black man - is a poor man who could not afford a lawyer. The court system appointed Atticus Finch to defend Tom Robinson, “...the…show more content…
Atticus “call” begins when everyone in Maycomb starts to have a deleterious drive to kill Tom Robinson. This is when Atticus steps in to make sure that no one kills Tom after an accusation with no witnesses. Atticus is trying to make sure that Tom is put in court and tried as an equal man. At the time, all white man and women in Maycomb know this, a black man being tried for a crime is never going to end with a victory. This is because the setting of the story is when all of America is economically poor, the Great Depression. Everyone is trying to find a job and make a living in the situation given to them. This means that all the whites are willing to discriminate and make a bigger racial barrier between the whites and blacks. Blacks were given the worst of the worst. This is the time where blacks were treated even worse compared to the Depression. Despite all the terrible situation black people were thrown into, Atticus still fought for Tom to try to deter Tom being guilty. Atticus believed that this is the right thing to do; Atticus also believes that everyone in Maycomb is jumping to conclusions too quickly, ignoring the racism. Atticus can put up a good fight to make sure that Atticus has solid evidence and solid reasoning why Tom is an innocent man. Atticus is going to make sure he puts a good fight to
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