Throughout the novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, it is noticeable that Atticus has various roles as a father, lawyer, and social crusader. In Atticus’ many roles he shows courage and behavior, in many instances, throughout the story. By standing up for what he believed in a civilized and determined way. His strongest motivation, however, were his kids. He wanted to set a prime example for his kids and instill in them with a strong sense of moral values and he did exactly
She is taught this by her father, Atticus, who risks everything as a lawyer to defend a black man who is accused for a crime that he did not commit. As the novel progresses, it is necessary to change perspective on those accused of crimes in order to deteriorate racial prejudice. By examining the characters in Maycomb, it becomes clear that closed-minded people are the source of prejudice because their opinion is incapable of expanding and understanding the purpose of an individual’s true personality. Early in the story, Atticus teaches Scout about having
He tries to take every instance, as an opportunity to pass his values down to Scout and Jem. The first example of Atticus being moralistic is when he talked to Scout and explained who he was fighting in the court case. “‘ This time we aren’t fighting the Yankees, we’re fighting our friends. But remember this, no matter how bitter things get, they’re still our friends and this is still our home’” (Lee 76). This shows a moment Atticus took to explain to Scout the importance of realizing that arguments can not get in the way of your friends and home.
The first similarity between two books is the display of morality and ethics. In To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus is assigned by Judge Taylor to defend Tom Robinson in trial. Atticus chooses to defend Tom Robinson honorably, despite the color of his skin and the alternate opinions from most of the people of Maycomb. When Scout asks Atticus why he is defending Tom Robinson, Atticus explains to Scout that is the right thing to do, and that he couldn’t live with himself if he didn’t give Tom Robinson a fair trial. "This case, Tom Robinson 's case, is
William Apess in his text "King Philip's Speech," taken from Volume A of The Norton Anthology of American Literature, (53) gives us a brief overview of the King Philip's biography and also provides us with his famous speech given to Wampanoag. The main purpose of his speech was to instill a confidence in brothers as well as to bring their alliance together. His speech was aimed at encouraging his men to fight. The audience of this text was his alliance, who were to be followed, the speech is aimed at motivating them, so they can defeat the colonies that are being disrespectful to them. Majority of the audience was all the native men who were going into battle against the Plymouth
Atticus Finch is an archetype of personal bravery and his bravery is demonstrated again and again throughout the novel. Atticus not only takes Tom Robinson's case, he defends him vehemently setting himself against the prevailing attitudes and customs of Maycomb. Mrs. Dubouse criticizes him when she said, “Atticus is a Niger lover!” (Lee 100). Atticus stands up to his neighbors' racism, knowing that in doing so, he is exposing himself and his family to difficult times. Atticus knows he is right: he defends an innocent man.
The other theme Good vs. Evil is shown with Atticus and his thoughts about good and evil creatures. He teaches these lessons to Jem and Scout to show them that it is possible to live through the racism in Maycomb. In the movie, Atticus trying to protect his children from the evil isn 't made clear. For example, when Atticus got spit on by Bob Ewell in the movie he makes a big deal about it.
These excerpts provide examples of racism from the victim's perspective. This is just as important to understand this as Scottsboro Boys because this shows what years of racism and poverty did to his childhood. This book can help people understand what black people had to deal with. It is vital that people understand the message of this novel so they know the importance of standing up to
To Install a Moral Atticus Finch is considered a strange person by Maycomb, his town, seeing as he is the single father of two while working as a lawyer, defending blacks in a racist society. Harper Lee’s To Kill A Mockingbird centers around the Finches as they try to keep Tom Robinson alive on fabricated charges while his children begin to learn just how gritty and dangerous life can be. Despite being pressured and attacked due to defending a lost cause, Atticus tries to help his children however he can, keeping them safe and showing them, in a good light, how to view the workings of the world. Overall, Atticus attempts to instill controversial but true morals and values into his children as they grow up. One belief that Atticus instills
Although the society’s standards and his father are repressing, Huck has his own inner voice and would listen to them. That’s why when he meets Jim, a running away slave, Huck helps to save Jim and runs away with him. By the society’s standard, running away slave is intolerable and has to be caught and punished. However, Huck acts against the society’s standard even though he knows it’s wrong to help Jim run away. There exists so much racism in the society.