People can be seen as courageous for standing up for themselves or going to war, when courage should really be recognized when someone goes out of their comfort zone, such as talking to someone new to saying an opinion. As E. E. Cummings says, “It takes courage to grow up and become who you really are.”. Courage is not only an act; it is what makes a person. To Kkill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee is a book that portrays the acts of courage both large and small that happen every day. Many people such as Boo, Jem and Scout show courage through the book but one person in particular that shows a great deal of courage is Atticus who shows courage in many different ways in order to protect himself, his family and the town of Maycomb. Atticus Finch,
Atticus, the father of Jem and Scout was very brave throughout the story. Atticus was chosen to fight on the behalf of a black man accused of rape. Back in the 1930s when this book takes place it was against the norm to fight on the behalf of a black man if you’re white. Atticus was chosen because they knew he would give Tom Robinson a fair trial. Due to this Atticus knew that people weren't going to like him. Atticus was bullied by Bob Ewell, who was the father of Mayella, the girl that accused tom of rape. A quote that Harper Lee used in the book that shows how Atticus is brave is “... every lawyer
Jem and Scout learn about respect from their father Atticus. Atticus is a prime example of a respectable man. He stands up for what’s right, and for what he believes in no matter what other people think. Atticus is the lawyer for Tom Robinson, the man falsely accused of raping a white girl. Atticus teaches Jem and Scout, that just because a man is black he is not a bad person. He teaches them not to judge a person by the color of their skin.
The way Atticus treats people sets a good example for his children to follow, allowing them to see how one should be treated no matter what race or gender one is. “...until I thought if Boo Radley ever received it he would not be able to read it. I was looking down the street when the dinner-bell rang.” (Lee, 49). In this situation, Atticus tries to defend Boo when the kids try to mess with him. Atticus thinks that the kids should not mess with Boo because his property is his property, and the children would not want someone “playing tricks” in their yard, and treating them differently than anyone else. Jem and Scout state that “they want to keep it that way” (Lee, 57) meaning they do not want Atticus to punish them for what they did. If they act the way they should, then Atticus would not have to punish them. Atticus is a good father that teaches his children to treat everyone equal.
As a father Atticus has done everything he can to maintain his children, Jem and Scout, informed of what really is like out there in the real world. Honesty seems to be Atticus rout when dealing with life. In times Atticus will lose trial but the courage he has won’t allow him to give up on innocent people, like Tom. Atticus is the definition of role model to follow. He’s a great father to his children showing the the truth will always push them forwards in life. Not only that he believe everyone in this world is a mockingbird who isn’t truly known till walked in their shoes. LAstly his pride in taking a stand for someone who only has hope in himself is beyond exceptional for anyone else. Finally remember to treat other the way you want to be treated and don’t just assume, become them for a minute
In Harper Lee's To Kill A Mockingbird Atticus Finch searches for true justice despite racial adversities in Maycomb County. Atticus defends an African American man for a vicious crime in a prestigious community. As a single father, Atticus teaches life lessons to his children during this tumultuous time. Atticus Finch demonstrates empathy while often putting his family and himself in danger. Is true justice worth the ultimate price?
Albert Einstein once said, “In matters of truth and justice, there is no difference between large and small problems, for issues concerning the treatment of people are all the same.” Racism has always been a controversial topic. It is no secret that colored people have been treated differently throughout the years. In the book, To Kill a Mockingbird, a lawyer, Atticus Finch, has to defend a man of color, Tom Robinson. Tom Robinson has been falsely accused of raping a white woman. The people in Atticus’s community believe Tom is guilty because he is black. Atticus Finch chooses to defend Tom Robinson, because of his beliefs and he wants to set a good example for his children, despite not having any support from his community,
“Personal integrity is important, not because it gets us what we want, but because it helps us be what we want.”-Michael Josephson. This quote describes personal integrity perfectly. Personal integrity can vary depending on many different things, but ultimately it is up to that person to decide who they are. This is shown in the book To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee. Three people in the story show how much personal integrity can vary between people. Bob Ewell, Mr. Cunningham, and Atticus Finch each show different levels of personal integrity in people.
In Harper Lee’s novel, To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch shows a cautious and non-biased character with a unique parenting style. His ways of parenting are much different from many other’s ways. He is an extremely protective parent, but this makes him a very good one. From every scenario, he finds some way to turn it into a lesson for his children. All the characters in the book are very biased about skin color, Atticus is not like this. No matter how things result, Atticus is always level headed, and takes a lesson from every situation.
“The surest way to corrupt a youth is to instruct him to hold in higher esteem those who think alike than those who think differently.” - Friedrich Nietzsche. Society used to be corrupt and still is corrupt. Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird goes into depth about what these times were like in some towns. A majority of the protagonists in To Kill a Mockingbird live in a town known as Maycomb. This society is easily shown to be racist and corrupted. However, the protagonists are taught to look past what society thinks is wrong, and what is actually wrong. Corruption, prejudice, and stereotypes are used commonly as examples. In To Kill A Mockingbird, Harper Lee uses the character of Atticus to convey that corruption will only pass on to those who give into it.
“Simply because we were licked a hundred years before we started is no reason for us not to try to win.” (Lee 101). Harper Lee, the author of To Kill a Mockingbird wrote an inspirational story that discusses racism at the time of the Great Depression. In To Kill a Mockingbird, there is a character named Atticus Finch, who is given a difficult task to be the lawyer of a black person, Tom Robinson, who was accused of raping a white women. Atticus Finch is known through Maycomb, Alabama as a man who is always respectful and true to others. He has two children, who he loves, and teaches them moral lessons that will get them through life. It is reasonably accurate that Atticus
Atticus allows his kids to watch the trial of Tom Robinson. For example, “Tell you what, you all can come back when you’ve eaten your supper-eat slowly, now, you won’t miss anything important--ant if the jury’s still out, you can wait with us” (Lee p. 277). Atticus permits his kids go wherever they want and whenever they want. For instance, “Yes, said our father, when Jem asked him if we could go over and sit by Miss Rachel’s fishpool with Dill, as it was last night in Maycomb” (Lee p. 67). Scout does not usually get in trouble with her father. Even after an incident at the school where she fought with another kid, Atticus easily forgave her. An illustration of this would be when he said,”Try fighting with your head for a change….. it’s a good one, even if it does resist learning” (Lee p. 101). While Atticus is easy going, he does like to put in a couple of lessons in like,”The main one is, if I didn’t I couldn’t hold up my head in town, I couldn't represent this country in legislature, I couldn’t even tell you or Jem not to do something again” (Lee p. 100). In this, Atticus was explaining to Scout why she should not fight people just because they said that he was a “nigger lover.” In conclusion, Atticus is a little easier going on his kids, but he always tries to makes a lesson out of
Would you do something, knowing full well it would put your family in danger, even if it was the right thing? Atticus Finch did this in the book “To Kill a Mockingbird” when he was called upon to defend a black man accused of rape. Instead of saying no or just not defending the man at all, he decided to take the scrutiny and face the town he lives in. He believes that when he does this, he will be setting an example for others, and his children. This is because if Atticus Finch would be known for anything in his life, it would be that he lived by the golden rule. He knows that if he didn't, he couldn't be the father he wants to be.
In the novel To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee, one of the main characters, Atticus Finch, is portrayed as a true hero. The courage he shows in the novel by standing up against his own town demonstrates his heroism. His unconventional parenting style and the values he models to his children is another one of his heroic qualities. However, even with all of this. his faith in humanity is still greatly criticized.
Atticus is a morally upright person who teaches his kids a number of important life lessons and leads by example. In Chapter 3, of To Kill A Mockingbird Atticus shows an interest in Scouts feelings as he is quick to notice that something is bothering her. Scout tells Atticus of her rough first day at school and teaches her an important lesson. Atticus says, “if you can learn a simple trick, Scout, you 'll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view" (Lee 39). Atticus also continuously advises Scout and Jem to maintain self-control and to engage in respectful behaviors throughout the book. In Chapter 9, Scout asks Atticus if he defends “niggers” Atticus explains to Scout that he will be defending a man named Tom